Cab driver accused of dragging deputy says he acted in self-defense

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By Alicia Barron By Alicia Barron

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- More details are coming to light about the events outside a Scottsdale nightclub where police say a Phoenix cab driver dragged a Sheriff's deputy with his car.

The deputy has been identified as Frank Sloup. Sloup was released from the hospital with more than a dozen stitches to his head and a bad leg injury after he was dragged by the taxi cab on Friday night.

Sloup's injuries reportedly left a pool of blood on the scene outside Myst nightclub in Scottsdale, where he had been hired to work off-duty as security.

Jeremy Jensen, the VIP Taxi driver, says he thought Sloup was a bouncer.  Jensen says the deputy was not in his Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office uniform and never identified himself as a police officer.  The cab driver says he never saw a badge, “he had a brown polo... that was it” said Jensen.

However, according to the report filed by Scottsdale police officers responding to the scene, Deputy Sloup was in full MCSO uniform.

A spokesperson from MCSO says the shirt Sloup was wearing is now in evidence at the Scottsdale Police Department.

Both Sloup and Jensen seem to agree that the incident started when Jensen was asked to move his cab from an illegal spot and a verbal altercation ensued as he got into the car to drive away.

Jensen admits, “I told him to go to hell.”

Court documents allege Deputy Sloup then told Jensen not to drive away and was reaching inside the car window to stop him when Jensen took off.

Jensen says he thought the man asking him to move was a bouncer. He explains, “He reached in my car, grabbed me by my shirt, scratches my neck and I'm like, ‘Oh my god, I have this road-range bouncer trying to pull me out of my cab’.”

In a phone interview, an MCSO representative said there was absolutely no way the suspect could think Sloup was a security guard.

Now it will be up to a judge to decide. Jensen is scheduled to appear in court on Friday.