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Suspect in Uber driver assault fired from Taco Bell Corp. manager position

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COSTA MESA, Calif. (AP) — Police say a mid-level manager for Taco Bell Corp. repeatedly slapped an Uber driver in the face after being told to get out of the car because he was too drunk to give directions. 

The incident Friday was captured on dash camera video that was posted online. Police say it shows 32-year-old Benjamin Golden, of Newport Beach, California, assaulting 23-year-old Edward Caban. The Orange County Register reported Golden was arrested Friday on misdemeanor charges of public intoxication and assault.

The recorded incident began with Caban asking Golden repeatedly for directions. Caban eventually pulled over into what appeared to be a lighted parking lot. He accused the suspect of being too drunk to give directions and told him the ride was over.

Golden, who was seated directly behind the driver, began slapping him, pulling his hair and slamming his head toward the car window. Police said Caban defended himself by pepper-spraying Golden. 

A Taco Bell Corp. spokeswoman said in a statement Monday that Golden has been fired from his position as a brand manager for the company. Golden could not be reached for comment.

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