Rev. Al Sharpton’s daughter was arrested early Saturday morning after her birthday celebration got a little too rowdy and ended with the 30-year-old allegedly stealing a taxi cab driver’s car keys and shoving him when he demanded they be returned.
The incident took place in New York City’s midtown, where Ashley Sharpton was in the midst of a night out with friends, the New York Daily News reported. She and five friends hailed a cab and tried to squeeze inside – but the one they hailed could only fit four people.
“I said, ‘No, only four people’ and they argued with me about it,” driver Georges Coly told the New York Post, noting that his vehicle is a handicap accessible minivan. “They were giving me a hard time.”
Coly got them to their first destination, but when they demanded to take him to another destination, he pulled over to clarify. The level-headed move only served to enrage Sharpton, who was sitting in the front passenger seat and decided to snatch his keys from the ignition.
She then leapt out of the car and hurled his keys away, unbeknownst to the cabbie, and when he got out and demanded that she return them, Sharpton began aggressively shoving him.
The passenger from Hell then proceeded to run away from the scene of the crime, but it only took cops about two hours to track her down and take her into custody. She was slapped with a desk appearance ticket and sent home.
“I followed her for over a block begging for my keys back and I had to step in front of her and ask,” Coly recalled. That’s when “she swung at my face and ended up punching me in the chest.”
The elder Sharpton said that he had spoken with his daughter, but she gave him a different version of the story.
“She told me it didn’t happen the way they said it happened but I can’t speak for a 30-year-old woman,” Rev. Al Sharpton told the Daily News.