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Police: Man's first plane ride ends in baseball-bat attack

SEATTLE -- An Arizona man's first time on an airplane ended with him being chased around a University District parking lot by an irate cab driver armed with a baseball bat, according to the Seattle Police Department.

Officers were dispatched to a gas station in the 4300 block of Roosevelt Way Northeast around 12:45 a.m. Tuesday, arriving to find a cab driver with a bat chasing two people around the parking lot, according to the police report for the incident.

Apparently, the taxi picked to two men up at Sea-Tac Airport and was taking them to a hotel near Children's Hospital.

One of the men was feeling sick from his first-ever flight and told the driver to pull over on I-5 so he could throw up. The driver was unable to pull over on the highway, and the man threw up in the back of the cab.

While all parties agreed on that much of the story, they had entirely different versions of what happened next.

The men told officers the driver drove very fast to the gas station and then started  yelling at them, demanding they pay to clean the cab. They said the driver then pulled out a bat and chased them around the parking lot with it.

One of the men told officers the driver hit him in the arms with the bat.

The driver, on the other hand, told officers the men immediately started yelling at him after one of them vomited in the cab, and then one of them punched him in the back of the head.

The driver said he pulled out his phone to call 911, but one of the men knocked it out of his hands. He later changed his story and said one of the men stole his phone.

Once they got to the gas station, the men started saying things like, "We will kill you; we are from Arizona," according to the driver. That's when he got out and started chasing them with the bat, he said.

The driver denied hitting anyone with the bat.

Officers ended up releasing everyone from the scene and referring the case to the City Attorney's Office.

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