An Osaka prefectural police officer has been arrested after he ran away without paying a taxi fare.
According to police, the incident occurred at around 7:40 p.m. on Tuesday. Sankei Shimbun reported that the suspect, Masaki Tanoue, 25, told the taxi driver that he didn't have enough cash on him to pay the 6,780 yen fare and asked the taxi driver to stop so he could withdraw money from an ATM at a convenience store.
However, when he got out of the taxi, Tanoue started to walk away. When the 63-year-old driver chased him on foot, Tanoue elbowed him, causing a slight injury. A passerby helped detain Tanaue.
Police said Tanoue was on his way home after drinking for three hours with his coworkers and had only 1,389 yen on him. He was quoted as saying, "I was drunk and don't remember the incident. But if I really did it, I want to apologize."© Japan Today