Cab ride to borough ends with arrest of driver

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NAUGATUCK — Police arrested a Bridgeport taxi driver early Wednesday after they said he chased a passenger around the Naugatuck Motor Lodge parking lot with a baseball bat.

Fritz Mesidor, a driver for Bridgeport Yellow Cab, picked up a 21-year-old borough man from the train station in Bridgeport and agreed to give him a ride to the borough, said Lt. Robert Harrison of the Naugatuck Police Department.

Mesidor, 40, of 35 Center St., stopped at the motel on New Haven Road shortly before 12:30 a.m. so his passenger could get the fare money from a friend, according to police.

The man then ran behind the building to avoid paying the fare, Mesidor told police. Angered, Mesidor grabbed a baseball bat and chased the man, swinging at him, but no one was hit, Harrison said.

The man later told police he went around the building to meet his friend for the money.

Called about the disturbance, police arrested Mesidor on breach of peace and threatening charges.

He was released on bond to appear April 18 in Waterbury Superior Court.