CHICO, Calif. -

Chico Police said a taxi driver was pepper-sprayed by a passenger during an attempted  robbery early Monday.

It happened just before 2:30 a.m. in the 1100 block of east 9th street near where Highway 32 passes under Highway 99.

Police said driver was dropping off a passenger, 29-year-old Eugene Kaspari.

Police said Kaspari pepper sprayed the driver and tried to take money. Kaspari didn't get any cash but took the drivers cigarettes  and ran into a nearby apartment.

The driver refused medical treatment. Kaspari was found at the apartment and arrested.