Drunk Dubai tourist crashed taxi before running off without paying


By Salam Al Amir  www.thenational.ae

DUBAI // A drunk tourist angered at being told that no bars were open at 4am grabbed the steering wheel of the taxi he was travelling in and crashed it into the pavement before running off without paying the fare.

He was soon arrested and put in a police patrol car – but responded by grabbing his arresting officer’s hat, kicking him and trying to escape through the window.

Prosecutors told the Misdemeanours Court that Briton JK, 35, had been drinking heavily before leaving a hotel at the Mall of the Emirates and hailing the taxi at about 4am on September 1 this year.

“He asked me to take him to Media Rotana Hotel,” said the Indian taxi driver NP. He said that the tourist smelled strongly of alcohol and talked continuously during the journey. More info