Man pleads no contest to ethnic intimidation after taxi driver attack

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Jacob Holtzlander

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.

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