Zaky Fawzy ignores police, yells racial slurs at Lyft driver

Zaky Fawzy ignores police, yells racial slurs at Lyft driver

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47-year-old Zaky Fawzy, a taxicab driver, was on Almond Street in September when he got out of his vehicle and walked up to Latonya White’s, a Lyft driver, car and hit her window, startling her. White asked him why he had banged on her window, and he told her that she was blocking traffic. She continued to wait for her passenger after she asked Fawzy not to hit her window, then he reapproached the vehicle, threatening to call the police, and she responded,” Ok, I’ll be right here when they arrive.” The incident escalated when Fawzy and his passenger both told White to move out of the way. Fawzy then began to use racial slurs, causing her to fear for her safety, so she canceled her passenger and left the area before notifying officers. Fawzy was identified via photo lineup after being pulled over on Broadway for an unrelated traffic violation in the early hours of November 19th. Officers were conducting foot patrols when they observed Fawzy using his cell phone while driving. After noticing the officers, he tried to put his phone down, disregarding their signals to stop, and attempted to speed off but was at a red light. Fawzy became belligerent and started yelling when officers asked him to provide his license, registration, and proof of insurance. Officers advised him why he was being pulled over, but he insisted that he did nothing wrong and continued refusing to comply. Fawzy was taken into custody for failure to comply with an order and was additionally charged with assault regarding the incident with White.

Zaky Fawzy (MNPD)
Zaky Fawzy (MNPD)

Zaky Fawzy of Littlegate Street in Murfreesboro, TN, was booked into Metro Nashville Jail on November 19, charged with assault and failure to comply with an order. A judicial commissioner set his bond at $2,000, and the Davidson County Sheriff’s Office gave him pre-trial release from their facility.

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