NEW YORK (CBS 2) — Police said a New York City taxi driver was charged with vehicular assault after attacking his passengers.

Four men hailed the cab on Manhattan’s West Side early Sunday, asking to be taken to the Bronx.

They said the cabbie, Mohammed Azam, refused and suggested they all go to a nearby police precinct instead.

When police informed Azam that he had to take the men, he allegedly got in his cab and struck two of them.

One passenger was in critical condition. The other was listed as stable.

In a statement, City Councilman James Vacca of the Bronx said “this tragedy underscores a systemic problem in the yellow taxi industry. Service refusal is a problem that has defied solution for too long.”

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