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Florida man punches cab driver, screams ‘I’m Rick James, b--ch!’

New York Daily News logo New York Daily News 1/12/2020 Brian Niemietz

He’s a super freak.

A 6-foot-3, 300-pound Florida man was arrested after he allegedly punched a cab driver, then danced in the street yelling, “I’m Rick James, b--ch!”

The suspect, Paul Kijek, also shouted, “You white motherf--kers,” before he was arrested just 2 miles from his Clearwater, Fla., home over the weekend. A Pinellas County arrest affidavit identified the 50-year-old as a white male.

According to police, witnesses at Back Bar and Lounge stopped Kijek from driving home from that venue “due to his level of intoxication” shortly after 4 a.m. Sunday.

a person posing for the camera: Paul Kijek © Provided by New York Daily News Paul Kijek

Paul Kijek

When a taxi arrived to pick him up, Kijek allegedly got inside, began yelling at the driver, then punched him from the backseat. He then jumped into the street doing what appeared to be his impersonation of comedian Dave Chappelle, who used the phrase “I’m Rick James, b--ch,” when impersonating the late “Super Freak” singer. James died in 2004.

Kijek was charged with simple battery and released on $600 bond, according to The Smoking Gun.

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