A drunk taxi passenger refused to put on a face masks — so his driver took him to the police station
On New Year’s Day, around 1 a.m., the taxi driver called 911 in Victoria to report that a passenger had “martially refused the driver’s request that the passenger comply with the guidelines of the Covid-19 Related Measures Act (CRMA) Hold Province “The Victoria Police Department. When using a taxi or other transportation service, these guidelines recommend “avoiding physical contact with passengers as much as possible,” maintaining social distance, and wearing face-covering. Violation of these rules will result in a fine of US $ 175 (CAD 230).
The man has not been identified by the authorities and it is unclear whether he lives in Canada.
After calling 911, the taxi driver took the man to police headquarters, where he refused to comply with the officers’ requests to get out of the car. The officers took him out of the taxi and took him into custody.
The man was fined for three reasons for not wearing face-covering, abusive or bellicose behavior, and for failure to follow an official’s instructions. That equates to a total of $ 542 (CAD 690), the highest number of CRMA fines imposed on any person by VicPD officials, police said.
The passenger was also charged with being drunk in a public place and held behind bars at headquarters until sober.
Canada recorded 610,740 Covid-19 cases and 15,944 deaths as of Monday, according to Johns Hopkins University.