Man pleads no contest to ethnic intimidation after taxi driver attack

Posted at 6:13 PM, Jan 11, 2017
and last updated 2017-01-11 18:14:09-05

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — A man accused of shouting racial slurs before hitting a Grand Rapids taxi driver is pleading no contest to ethnic intimidation Wednesday.

Jacob Holtzlander, 23, plead to ethnic intimidation at a status conference. His assault and battery charges were dropped as part of the deal.

In November, Holtzlander was riding in a cab with four women who he wanted to be dropped off in a different location. The driver told Holtzlander there would be a price increase for the extra drop-off, to which Holtzlander seemingly responded to by yelling racial slurs and hitting him.

Sentencing is scheduled for Feb 28.