Man arrested for choking driver who wouldn't stop singing Christmas carols

Cheryl Sanders
March 13, 2019

Clayton Lucas, 25, from Harrison, Pennsylvania, told police he began to choke a man who was driving the auto because the driver was singing Christmas songs and wouldn't stop, according to court documents.

Authorities said it was about 9 a.m. when a state trooper was waved down about a possible medical emergency on the side of an interstate.

Clayton Lucas, 25, faces aggravated assault and other charges after allegedly attacking the man driving him in Allegheny County on March 4, according to local stations WTAE, CBS Pittsburg and WYMT, who cite a criminal complaint.

The other man said he was driving with Lucas in the backseat. The victim told the trooper Lucas reached around his seat while he was driving and began choking him.

However, that nearly proved to be the undoing of a minivan driver who was unfortunate enough to have a passenger who obviously dislikes Christmas songs. As a result Lucas tried to choke him to make him stop singing. The victim claimed he was choked to the point where he almost passed out. The trooper noticed that the victim's neck was red and his eyes were bloodshot.

The driver was singing and playing Christmas music when Lucas became mad and started to hit and choke the victim.

Lucas was booked into the Allegheny County Jail. Lucas no longer appears to be in custody, according to Pennsylvania Department of Corrections records.

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