Mark J. Rebilas-US PRESSWIRE
Prosecutors have dropped the battery charges facing Miami Dolphins safety Jonathan Amaya. Amaya was arrested in November when a taxi driver accused the safety and special teams player of choking him in the cab. Amaya maintained his innocence the entire time.
Miami-Dade County prosecutors have dropped all charges against Miami Dolphins safety Jonathon Amaya, according to a report by the Miami Herald's Adam H. Beasley. Amaya was arrested in November after a taxi driver alleged Amaya had choked him in the cab.
Amaya, who joined the Dolphins this season after being released by the New Orleans Saints, was arrested outside Club Bamboo in Miami Beach at 4:30 am on November 26, 2012. Amaya was attempting to leave the club, and allegedly attempted to choke a taxi driver.
According to the police report on the incident, Amaya asked a taxi driver to take him from the club to Weston. When told the driver did not go out that far, Amaya produced a $100 bill and the driver agreed to take him to the address. Jonathan Vunge, the 44-year old cab driver, reported that, in route, Amaya became belligerent and "aggressive," so he turned the cab around and returned to the club. He gave Amaya his money back, and asked him to get out of the taxi.
Amaya then, allegedly, leaned forward and "wrapped his hands around" Vunge's neck and "started choking him," according to the police report.
However, prosecutors informed the court on January 11 that, after completing their investigation, they would no longer be pursuing the charges against Amaya.
Amaya is scheduled to be a free agent in March.