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Pinellas man punched Uber driver who asked him to put on mask, police say

The driver is over the age of 65, so the man was arrested on a felony charge of aggravated battery of an elderly person.
Christopher Mark Vacha was arrested on a charge of aggravated battery on an elderly person after police say he punched an Uber driver who asked him to put on a mask.
Christopher Mark Vacha was arrested on a charge of aggravated battery on an elderly person after police say he punched an Uber driver who asked him to put on a mask. [ Pinellas County Sheriff's Office ]
Published Oct. 29, 2020

A Pinellas County man was arrested Tuesday after he punched an Uber driver who asked him to put on a mask before getting in his vehicle, police say.

The incident occurred about 4:30 a.m. Tuesday on Treasure Island after Christopher Mark Vacha, 30, of Seminole, summoned an Uber to pick him up, an arrest report from Treasure Island police states.

An Uber driver arrived, then asked Vacha to put on a mask before getting in. Vacha then blew into the driver’s face through the open driver’s side window, police said.

The driver got out of the vehicle and Vacha punched him in the face, police reported.

The driver is over the age of 65, so Vacha was arrested on a felony charge of aggravated battery of an elderly person. He also was arrested on a charge of resisting arrest after he braced and tensed as officers handcuffed him, reports state.

Vacha was being held at the Pinellas County jail Thursday in lieu of $50,150 bail.

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