Miami Dolphins safety Jonathon Amaya arrested in battery case

11/27/2012 12:00 AM

09/12/2014 8:04 PM

Dolphins backup safety Jonathon Amaya was arrested for battery, early Monday morning, after allegedly trying to choke a taxi driver.

The incident happened at 4:30 a.m. outside Club Bamboo at 500 Washington Avenue on Miami Beach.

According to the arrest report, Amaya flagged the taxi down and asked the driver, 44-year-old Jonathan Vunge, to be taken to Weston. Vunge said he didn’t go that far but agreed to take him after Amaya gave him $100 cash up front.

Vunge said as he drove, Amaya became “aggressive” and Vunge drove back to the spot where he picked Amaya up, gave him his money back and asked him to get out of the cab.

Vunge told police Amaya “leaned forward and wrapped his hands around his neck and started choking him.”

Two off-duty Biscayne Park police officers who were working outside the club saw Vunge driving the cab erratically and heard him scream, “This man is trying to kill me!”

Amaya was then arrested.

He was booked into a Miami-Dade jail and later released on bail. Vunge reportedly wasn’t injured.

The Dolphins said in a statement: “We are aware of the situation and are in the process of gathering information.”

Amaya’s agent did not immediately return calls for comment.

Amaya has played in eight games, mostly on special teams, and has six tackles.

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