Taxi driver punched in the face
A CANNON Valley man who vomited in a taxi and then punched the driver in the face has been ordered to pay more than $1000.
Andrew John Carsley, 54, represented himself and pleaded guilty to common assault in Proserpine Magistrates Court on Monday.
Police prosecutor Bernhard Berger said it all unravelled after 10pm on June 4 when Carsley had caught a cab from Jubilee Tavern.
He had used the same cab around 5.54pm and took the driver’s number for the return trip.
On the way home to his Cannon Valley address, Carsley vomited on the floor of the taxi.
After stopping the car and having a short conversation about the cleaning bill, Mr Berger said Carsley became “aggressive” and punched the driver “once in the face with a clenched fist”.
The startled cab driver tried to push Carsley out of the taxi before getting out himself. Carsley also got out of the cab and the driver got back in and drove off.
Carsley went to the police station on June 14 and took part in an interview where he said he couldn’t “recall the events after vomiting”.
Magistrate Ron Muirhead asked, “you probably can’t remember much of what happened (then)?”
Carsley told the court he had been going through some tough personal circumstances and had been drinking heavily at the time.
“I just got absolutely plastered.
“It was silly and I would like to apologise to that gentleman,” he told the court.
“I’ve (since) quit alcohol. I reckon it’s evil.”
Carsley said he had no problems with the driver and wanted his phone number for the return trip.
Mr Muirhead ordered Carsley to pay $500 compensation to the driver for pain and suffering, a further $150 for cleaning the taxi and fined him $400 with no conviction recorded.