Emily Welker, Published August 09 2013
Passenger accused of attacking Fargo cab driver
Nickolas James Boe, 25, of Fargo, was charged Thursday in Cass County District Court with Class C felony reckless endangerment and Class B misdemeanor assault.
According to a sheriff’s report filed with the case, Deputy Chad Thompson had stopped another vehicle for speeding on I-29 northbound near Interstate 94 Thursday about 3:41 a.m. when a taxi cab came to a screeching halt next to his patrol car.
Thompson wrote in the report that the man in the back seat was grabbing at the driver. When the deputy got out of his squad car, the drive, Randy Geidd, yelled for help.
Thompson ordered the cab’s passenger, who was identified as Boe, out of the taxi and cuffed him.
Geidd told the deputy that his passenger asked him if he knew a specific person by name, and Geidd said no, according to the report filed with the charges.
As Geidd came up behind the deputy’s patrol car, Boe suddenly reached up, grabbed the steering wheel, and punched Geidd three times in the head, the cab driver told the deputy.
Geidd was able to apply the brakes, push Boe away into the backseat and regain control of the vehicle. His face was red and swollen and had a small cut on the bridge of his nose, the report says.
Thompson tried to question the passenger, but the deputy said Boe was highly intoxicated and his responses did not make sense. He did not recall attacking his cabbie.
Boe’s bail was set at $500. His next court appearance is set for Sept. 5.
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