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updated: 9/19/2012 4:07 PM

Arlington Heights man gets probation for punching cab driver

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An Arlington Heights man pleaded guilty Wednesday to punching the cabdriver who picked him up from a Schaumburg nightspot last spring.

Erik Munch, 38. was sentenced to 24 months probation and ordered to continue substance abuse treatment and participate in anger management counseling in exchange for his guilty plea to a charge of battery.

Cook County Judge Ellen Mandletort imposed a zero tolerance order for drugs or alcohol and ordered Munch to submit to random urine tests.

After the driver picked Munch up about 1:55 a.m. on May 27, Munch struck the man several times in the head, causing bruising and swelling, Cook County Assistant State's Attorney Michael Crowe said during a hearing Wednesday in Rolling Meadows.

The cabdriver was treated for his injuries and released, Crowe said.

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