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Taxi turns into paddy wagon for fare evader

A TAXI moonlighting as a paddy wagon ensured one man eventually had to cough up the costs, after a heavy night on the drink, Gladstone Magistrates Court heard on Tuesday.

Jonathan Wade Redgrave pleaded guilty to one count of evade fare, after an incident at 11.45pm on July 5.

The court heard Redgrave had been drinking when he hailed a cab on Glen Eden Dr and told the cabbie to take him to Far St.

The ride proved too much for Redgrave to handle, and he vomited in the taxi.

The cab driver told Redgrave on arrival that the fare was $22.10, plus more than $100 for the cleaning bill, which Redgrave said he could not pay.

Thinking quickly, the cabbie simply drove his passenger to the Gladstone police station, where Redgrave was arrested and charged.

Redgrave told the court he had money on a bank card to pay the fare, but in his drunken state must have told the taxi driver he didn't have the cash on hand.

He escaped conviction but was fined $200 and ordered to pay $132.10 to Blue and White Taxis.

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