Calhoun: Wake-Up Call

Man charged with assaulting cabbie, stealing taxi and running over passerby on mean streets

Cab drivers in Denver face a lot of challenges, as Joel Warner outlines in his current cover story, "Street Fights." They not only have to pay high lease rates for company cars, but then have trouble making ends meet because of stiff competition on the streets not just from other taxi companies, but new ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft. And then there are the passengers, including one fellow who was just charged in Denver District Court with assaulting a driver over a $6 charge and then fleeing in his cab in a wild ride in northwest Denver that left a passerby seriously injured.

Yesterday District Attorney Mitch Morrissey formally charged 24-year-old Curt Glinton with four counts of attempted first-degree murder, two counts of first degree assault, one count of robbery, one count of leaving the scene of an accident, and one count of vehicular assault.

According to the DA's office, early in the morning on March 16, 2014, Glinton was getting dropped off near 44th Avenue and Tejon Street when he attacked a taxi driver over a $6 fare. When a passerby tried to intervene, Glinton allegedly got into the taxi and ran over the bystander, causing serious injuries, and then fled. Glinton was taken into custody a short time later.

Glinton has been released from custody on $10,000 bond. He is scheduled to appear in court tomorrow. More from our taxi archives: Uber v. Lyft v. taxis: Comparing ride-sharing options in Denver

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Patricia Calhoun co-founded Westword in 1977; she’s been the editor ever since. She’s a regular on the weekly CPT12 roundtable Colorado Inside Out, played a real journalist in John Sayles’s Silver City, once interviewed President Bill Clinton while wearing flip-flops, and has been honored with numerous national awards for her columns and feature-writing.
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