D.C. taxi drivers suspended after assaulting man at gas station

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Two D.C. taxi drivers have been suspended indefinitely by the city's Taxicab Commission after they were arrested while on duty last Friday.

MPD officials say that Ephream Esheterom and Sharanjit Singh, both licensed taxi drivers in the District of Columbia, got into a fight with a third person at a gas station, which led to both of their arrests.

The incident that led to the suspension happened at about 9 p.m. on May 10, when a person got into an argument with both Singh and Esheterom after their cabs were blocking a gas pump. Police say both drivers refused to move their taxis, at which point the person began recording video of them with his cell phone.

Authorities say that Singh and Esheterom then assaulted the victim and took his phone. He was treated for minor injuries at the scene while the cab drivers were taken into custody.

"The behavior of these drivers is intolerable," DCTC Chairman Ron Linton said in a statement. "The Commission intends to use its statutory authority to suspend and possibly revoke the licenses of drivers who engage in behavior that threatens the safety of passengers in DC taxis or the public at large."

The drivers have the right to appeal their indefinite suspensions.

Esheterom and Singh are the fourth and fifth D.C. taxi drivers to be suspended this year. Two were suspended for assaulting a passenger and an inspector respectively. The other was driving on an expired license.