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An Uber driver said he was beaten with a brick during a disagreement over the ride-hailing app's Pool carpooling service earlier this week.

Joseph Gonzalez, 51 of Yonkers, told News 4 he picked up his attacker on Noble Avenue in the Bronx on Wednesday afternoon, along with the man's wife and two babies in car seats.

He said the trio had hailed the ride using the Pool service, which groups riders headed in similar directions for a lower cost. But when the driver went to pick up another woman to fill the remaining seats, the attacker refused to move his belongings so the woman could get into the car.

The driver said the ride was canceled so she would not get charged for the pickup.

That's when the attacker got out of the car; the driver said the man hit him, then picked up a brick, which he used to whack him in the back of the head.

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The driver said he told the second passenger to call the police. That's when the attacker and his family left the scene in a taxi.

Police said the driver was taken to Jacobi Hospital for treatment, but he has since been released.

No arrests have been made in the case. An Uber spokesperson said the rider's access to Uber has been revoked.

"We have been in contact with the driver and stand ready to help with the police investigation," the spokesperson said.

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