Cab­bie trapped teenage drink-driver who fled taxi

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - STU­ART GREER

ADRINK-DRIV­ING teenager was trapped by a dogged taxi driver af­ter he ran off with­out pay­ing, a court heard.

Ryan Cooper, from Poyn­ton, was be­ing driven home af­ter a night out in Manch­ester when he fled a taxi to avoid pay­ing the fare, pros­e­cu­tors said.

The cab­bie tracked down the 18-year-old who had tried to fin­ish his jour­ney in a car, mag­is­trates were told.

But the de­ter­mined taxi driver called the po­lice and fol­lowed Cooper, trap­ping him in a dead­end, the court heard.

Cooper even­tu­ally gave up and col­lapsed on the floor in tears, pros­e­cu­tors said.

When po­lice ar­rested Cooper he was al­most twice the le­gal drink drive limit.

Cooper, of Distaff Road, Poyn­ton, ad­mit­ted drink driv­ing and mak­ing off with­out pay­ment.

He was fined £220 and banned from driv­ing for 20 months.

Deb­bie Byrne, pros­e­cut­ing, said: “At 2am on June 18 a Mr Cof­fey, a Manch­ester taxi driver, picked up the de­fen­dant from Deans­gate in Manch­ester and quoted him £35 to drive him to Poyn­ton.

“Along the way the de­fen­dant asked to be dropped off near Hazel Grove rail­way sta­tion in­stead.

“The driver asked if he had enough money and stopped at a cash ma­chine in Longsight.

“When the taxi was near the sta­tion the de­fen­dant opened the door and tried to run.

“The driver man­aged to grab him by the belt but the de­fen­dant broke free and ran into a hous­ing es­tate.

“Mr Cof­fey drove around for a while un­til he spot­ted the de­fen­dant in a small white car.

“He fol­lowed him and called the po­lice. At one point the de­fen­dant stopped and Mr Cof­fey ap­proached the ve­hi­cle. The de­fen­dant then drove off at speed.

“Mr Cof­fey then fol­lowed him again un­til he reached a dead end in Poyn­ton.

“Mr Cof­fey used his taxi to block him in. The de­fen­dant tried to drive off and col­lided with the taxi’s front bumper and a red car.

“Even­tu­ally the de­fen­dant got out of the car, sat on the road and started cry­ing, as the po­lice ar­rived.

“The de­fen­dant told po­lice he de­cided not to pay for the taxi when he re­alised he didn’t have enough cash.”

Cooper was breathal­ysed and recorded 68mg. The le­gal limit is 35mg.

De­fend­ing him­self, Cooper, a su­per­mar­ket worker, said: “I have never done any­thing like this be­fore. My emo­tions were run­ning high that night.

“It was wrong and I am sorry.”

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