Police have arrested a 51-year-old man on suspicion of assaulting a female taxi driver after he refused to pay the fare.
According to police, the incident occurred at around 1:50 a.m. on Oct 31. Sankei Shimbun reported that the suspect, Hironori Noguchi, was in the taxi and asleep as the taxi arrived at its destination near the South Exit of Shinjuku Station in Tokyo.
When the 52-year-old taxi driver woke him up, Noguchi got mad and flung the driver out of the taxi, breaking her finger. He then walked away without paying the fare of 4,060 yen.
Noguchi left his bag in the taxi and he also dropped his jacket and wallet on the street. Police identified Noguchi from his driver's license in his wallet and visited his residence where he was having trouble with another taxi driver.
According to police, there was more than 20,000 yen in cash in Noguchi's wallet.
Noguchi was quoted by police as saying he was completely drunk and can't remember being in the taxi.© Japan Today