Man arrested for choking driver who would not stop singing Christmas carols

Allegheny County Jail

Allegheny County Jail

A man was arrested this week after police say he allegedly assaulted another man because he was singing Christmas songs in the auto.

Pennsylvania cops say Clayton Lucas, 25, was a passenger in a minivan on March 4 and for some reason the driver wouldn't stop singing Christmas songs.

It was around 9 a.m. Monday when a state trooper was waved down and told about a possible medical emergency on Route 28 just before the Exit 13 on-ramp, heading south in East Deer Township.

When Pennsylvania State Police tried to arrest Lucas, he allegedly wouldn't cooperate and refused to listen to their orders, before he eventually was taken into custody.

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The alleged victim had been driving Lucas from a halfway house to treatment when he began to sing Christmas carols, according to the complaint. The trooper noted in the report the victim's neck was red and his eyes were bloodshot. Police said they needed to use force to subdue Lucas after he did not respond to their commands.

He added he was singing Christmas songs and believes Lucas allegedly tried to choke him to make the singing stop. It is not known which carols he was singing. The driver further explained that he was at the point of passing out because the sour passenger restricted the air and blood from around his neck.

He was due in court on the aggravated assault charge this week.

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