Ocean City Today

Correctional officer charged after attack on cab driver

By Katie Tabeling | Aug 31, 2017

(Sept. 1, 2017) A New Jersey correctional officer was arrested on Aug. 19 after he screamed racial slurs at a taxi driver and allegedly attempted to attack him.

Around 2:27 a.m., a cabbie reported to police that a white man later identified as Gerard P. Doyle, 34, of Bergenfield, New Jersey, had destroyed his passenger side-view mirror while the taxi was parked at 53rd Street. The mirror was “dangling from its housing by the electrical cords,” according to police reports. The taxi’s interior digital fare display also was destroyed.

The taxi driver said that he was waiting for fares when Doyle opened the front passenger door, sat inside and refused to shut the door. When the cabbie told him to shut the door, Doyle allegedly balled his fists up and struck the fare console.

Doyle also reportedly screamed “I’m a f****** police officer, you n*****, see my badge?” He then showed the driver his correctional officer’s badge and threatened him.

Doyle reportedly got out of the cab and walked to the driver’s side and opened the door. When the cabbie shut the door, Doyle opened it again, police said.

This continued until Doyle reportedly reached through the driver’s open window and attempted to poke at the cabbie’s eyes. He told police he did not fight back because Doyle claimed to be an officer.

Other taxi drivers and passengers nearby saw the altercation. One witness said he saw Doyle break the mirror and “punch the driver three times in the face.”

In a separate interview, Doyle told police that the driver refused to drive him back New Jersey and called him slurs.

Doyle, who appeared to have been drinking, according to police, also allegedly told Ocean City police that he “knew what game they were playing” and they were “siding with that black…towel headed n*****.”

When he was arrested and put in a cell, Doyle allegedly rammed his head in the cell door multiple times. Police took him to Atlantic General Hospital emergency room for treatment. Police said he began shouting obscenities and threatened them and their families.

Doyle was charged with second-degree assault, two counts of malicious destruction of property valued less than $1,000, disorderly conduct and failure to obey a lawful order. He was released on a $3,500 bond. His trial is set for Oct. 10.


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