Police: Drunk Refuses to Pay For Cab Ride Home; Threatens Officers

Has to be dragged out of taxi because "I don't care, I'm asleep."

A School Street resident was arrested Thursday morning after refusing to pay for a $43 cab ride from Stamford to his home, police said.

A taxi driver called police shortly before 2:30 to report he had a drunk passenger who refused to pay him and also wouldn't get out of the car.

When officers arrived, they reported encountering Charles Martin asleep in the back of the cab. When they awakened him and ordered him to exit the car, he allegedly told them he doesn't care because he's asleep. The officers said Martin was intoxicated and they had to physically pull him in out of the car, at which point he attempted to punch one of them.

One of the officers pressed a Taser gun against Martin and shocked him to subdue him. They said Martin berated them with a stream of profanities on the way to police headquarters and also threatened to take them on in a fight.

Martin was patted down in the holding facility and found to be carrying $1,353 in cash, said police spokeswoman Sgt. Lisa Cotto. She said Martin was found to have an extensive criminal record in New York.

Martin, 35, of 15 School St., was charged with sixth-degree larceny and interfering with an officer. He was held on $1,000 bond and given a court date of May 7.


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