Taxi fare evader in court

A WARWICK man who attempted to settle a taxi fare with a supermarket shopping docket before flying into a violent rage has fronted court.

Daniel Joseph Pearce, 37, became aggressive with a taxi driver on October 26 after the driver would not accept his docket as payment for the $7.80 fare.

The court heard a hostile Pearce exited the vehicle and opened the driver's side door before pulling the taxi driver's seatbelt tight across his chest, causing him pain. The driver called for help and Pearce retreated, slamming and kicking the taxi door on his way.

Police arrived and Pearce remained aggressive and hostile towards them and had to be forcibly restrained and handcuffed.

Pearce - who represented himself in court - said he was suffering from ill-health at the time of the incident.

He was fined $1700 and ordered to pay $189.30 restitution.


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