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Woman Pepper-Sprays LI Cabbie, Skips Fare

A California woman who took a cab from Manhattan to Long Island pepper-sprayed her driver to skip out on the fare.

Amina Williams of Redwood City, Calif., asked cabbie, Alexandre Oseimensuo of New Jersey to drive her from Manhattan to Melville, Long Island.

Suffolk County Police say the two agreed on a flat $150 fare, but when Oseimensuo pulled up to their destination - a Marriott Hotel - Williams offered only $80.

At that point, investigators say, a frustrated Oseimensuo demanded full payment. A defiant Williams allegedly pepper-sprayed him in the eyes in return. A hotel employee who witnessed the attack immediately called police. Williams was arrested a short time later while she was booking a room.

Oseimensuo was taken to North Shore University Hospital in Plainview, where he was treated and released.

Williams has been charged with assault and unlawful possession of noxious material. She's expected to be arraigned in First District Court, Central Islip, on Jan. 8.

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