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Passenger Choked the Song out of Crooning Driver

A man from Pennsylvania is facing charges for allegations that his distaste for Christmas carols resulted in an assault.

25-year-old Clayton Lucas, a resident of a rehabilitation center, was given a ride to his off-site treatment class on Monday morning when his driver began to sing.

The driver chose Christmas songs as his preferred genre and Lucas was allegedly not feeling the cheer of the off-season tunes.

Lucas, in an alleged attempt to squelch the warbler, was accused of extending his arms around each side of the seat in order to wrap his hands around the man’s throat.

A Pennsylvania State Police trooper dispatched to the location and saw a minivan parked on the side of the road with both Lucas and the driver standing outside of the vehicle.

When the trooper spoke with the driver about the alleged incident with Lucas he said that the passenger seemed to get triggered by the music. He also reported his ability to breathe was restricted while he was being choked. It was recorded that the driver displayed redness on his throat, and the deputy presumed that Lucas had caused it by choking the man.

When he tried to take Lucas into custody, a struggle allegedly ensued and the deputy reported that he was forced to knock him onto the ground in order to place him in handcuffs.

Lucas was booked into the Allegheny County Jail and he is facing charges for aggravated assault for his alleged Grinch-like behavior.

If you or someone you love is suspected of aggravated assault, contact Orange County criminal defense lawyer Staycie R. Sena at (949) 477-8088 for a consultation now.

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