Police in Tokyo on Thursday arrested a 40-year-old man on suspicion of assault and stealing a taxi after he refused to pay the fare.
The incident occurred at around 11:50 p.m. Wednesday, Kyodo News reported. Police said Manabu Sato, whose address and occupation are unknown, asked the driver of the taxi he was in to stop along a street in Adachi Ward. When the driver, who is in his 70s, asked for the 2,900 yen fare, Sato refused to pay and got out of the taxi. The driver got out to try and stop him but Sato shoved him to the ground, then got in the taxi and drove away.
The driver called police who found the taxi 40 minutes later about three kilometers away. Sato was asleep on the sidewalk near the taxi. Police said he was intoxicated at the time and quoted him as saying he can't remember what he did.
The driver sustained a minor injury to his hand, police said.© Japan Today