Ex-Taco Bell manager accused of assaulting Uber driver charged with four misdemeanor counts

SANTA ANA– The previous Taco Bell Corp. supervisor charged of attacking an Uber vehicle driver in Costa Mesa was asked for in court on Tuesday.

Benjamin Golden, 32, of Newport Beach is encountering 4 offense counts consisting of assault on public transport property, battery on a public transportation worker with injury, assault and also battery, the Orange Region Area Attorney’s Office announced Tuesday.

The costs derive from Friday’s event caught on a vehicle dashboard electronic camera where he was seen in a drunk state slapping and also attacking the 23-year-old driver. He was arrested by Costa Mesa cops and launched the next early morning.

The four-minute video clip of the claimed assault went viral online Monday mid-day.

Golden has actually been cancelled from his location as a brand supervisor for Taco Bell Corp., based in Irvine, according to a statement released Monday by Taco Bell Corp.

. The event occurred at 1835 Newport Blvd. a little after 8 p.m. on Friday baseding on Costa Mesa police. Lt. Greg Scott.

The video clip starts accompanying Caban asking the suspicious continuously for directions. The suspect solutions, sometimes unintelligibly, and also missteps.

“While being delivered, Golden was unable to plainly give instructions, to the Uber motorist, where he wanted to be driven,” according to Lt. Greg Scott claimed in a statement Monday morning.

Caban after that pulls right into just what looks a lighted parking lot and also says the trip mores than, but the suspect replies to take him to “Park Newport.”

Caban after that states, “Leave my auto or I will certainly call the cops,” as well as the suspect seems displeased with being asked to obtain out of the car.

The suspect, who is seen using in the seat directly behind Caban, opens up the doorway as if to leave, yet after that grabs Caban’s head, stating, “Allow me inform you something you little (expletive).”

Scott stated Golden punched and also slapped the driver’s face. “In self-defense, the vehicle driver pepper sprayed Golden.”

A woman at Golden’s house Tuesday mid-day did closed the doorway for a Register press reporter.

If pronounced guilty, he faces a maximum sentence of one year in prison and a $10,000 penalty. At his arraignment on Nov. 17, authorities will be requesting he be kept in lieu of $20,000 bond. Golden is not in guardianship.

Caban had told a regional TV terminal he was sicked and tired of dealing with intoxicated clients.

“I have shed so much cash on individuals like him and also I’m merely done dealing accompanying it,” he claimed to KNBC-TV Network 4 Sunday. “People like that, they take the food right out of my mouth.”

He also stated his sights on being an Uber motorist have transformed.

“I do not feel safe driving for Uber any longer. The top quality of the passengers appears to have actually decreased the previous number of weeks as well as I know a great deal of drivers will certainly agree accompanying me.”

Register team writer Scott Schwebke supported this report

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