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Cleveland cabbie indicted for driving drunk

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A local cab driver has been indicted for driving drunk and crashing while carrying passengers.  One of those passengers sustained serious injuries in the crash.

Joseph Mauser has been indicted for aggravated vehicular assault, driving under the influence and more.

Last December, some friends did the right thing.  They jumped in a cab after a night out on West 25th in Cleveland.  But, Cleveland accident investigators say Joseph Mauser crashed into a wall on the Detroit-Superior bridge.  Passengers saw him spill out a beer before police got to the scene.

Accident investigators found Mauser had a blood alcohol level of .093 which is above the legal limit.

A 20 year old woman in the cab was knocked out and left with a broken neck.

Mauser drove for the ABC Taxi Company.  Weeks ago, his boss told us Mauser had been suspended during the investigation.  But, his boss had not even read the police report.

Last month, we found Mauser's license had been recently suspended.  We also saw a long list of traffic convictions for no license, running stop signs or lights, speeding and driving left of center.  Mauser no longer lives at the address on records and his phone is now disconnected.

The passenger most seriously hurt is still recovering.  Now the fallout is growing from the crash by the man accused of being a drunk designated driver.

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