Lyft driver, passenger arrested after fight

Posted at 8:38 AM, Apr 18, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-18 20:30:45-04

Chandler Police say a Lyft driver and passenger were arrested after an altercation late Sunday night.

Sgt. Joe Favazzo confirmed the incident that took place near Frye Road and Arizona Avenue.

According to police, one of two passengers inside the Lyft vehicle picked a fight with the driver. The driver, 39-year-old James Dealchaezadaek, pulled a knife and cut one of the passengers on the arm.

The victim, 30-year-old Michael Kirkpatrick, was taken to the hospital, but later arrested and charged with criminal damage and disorderly conduct. The driver was also arrested and charged with aggravated assault and disorderly conduct.

Initial reports from Chandler police stated that an Uber driver was involved, but a corrected statement says the driver worked for Lyft, not Uber.