Monday, June 21, 2010

Taxi driver beaten

From the Kingston Whig-Standard Online

A Kingston man has been charged after an Amey's taxi driver was beaten early Sunday morning.

Kingston Police say they got an emergency call about a cab driver being assaulted just after 2 a.m. on Sunday.

When they responded to the location near the waterfront, the suspect, who was in his mid-20s, ran from them and ended the foot pursuit by diving fully clothed into Lake Ontario off Crawford Pier at the foot of Brock Street.

The two officers couldn't see him, so they both dived into the water to try and find the man.

When they couldn't locate him, a full-scale search was initiated, involving the Coast Guard, the OPP dive team and, because a police pursuit led up to the man disappearing and possibly drowning, the provincial Special Investigations Unit.

Three hours later, the man, still dripping wet, was picked up by military police on the grounds of CFB Kingston where he had apparently managed to swim.

The other agencies were called off and the man, whose name was not released, was charged with assault and released.

Police say the cab driver suffered broken teeth in the assault.

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