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Kent County Deputy fired after allegedly punching disabled driver

Authorities say the assault took place over a road rage incident

The Kent County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) says it has fired a Deputy who may have assaulted a disabled person during a road rage event.

According to the KCSO, Deputy Marcelo Aranda has been charged with assault and battery after allegedly pulling 35-year-old Tyler Lueken, who is paralyzed from the waist down, from his car and repeatedly punching him at a rest stop in Ingham County near Lansing.

The following audio is taken from a cell phone video of the incident that has been posted on social media sites.

“Get off me!”

In the video, Aranda, who was off duty at the time, accuses Lueken of smelling like alcohol and almost killing others while recklessly driving.

Lueken has been charged with a DUI.

Meanwhile, the KCSO released this statement,

“The KCSO is aware of a criminal incident involving Marcelo Aranda in Ingham County stemming from an off-duty incident that occurred three weeks ago.  Upon notification, we started an internal investigation culminating in Marcelo Aranda’s termination from employment at KCSO.” 

Marcelo is due back in court on September 15th.

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