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Norwalk Man Charged in Taxi Disturbance

NORWALK, Conn. – A Norwalk man who refused to pay a $43 cab fare early Thursday morning had more than $1,300 in his pocket, Norwalk Police say. The man, who was sleeping in the back of the cab when police responded, was subdued with a Taser due to his uncooperative behavior and arrested.

Charles Martin, 35, of 15 School St., took a taxi home from the Stamford train station, according to Sgt. Lisa Cotto. He refused to pay the $43 fare, and at 3:32 a.m. the cab made an unscheduled stop at police headquarters.

Cotto said that when police went to the cab, Martin was sleeping in the back seat. Police said they told Martin, who was inebriated, he had to pay the fare, but he refused, saying, "I don't care who you are." Police said he wanted to sleep, refused to get out of the cab, punched an officer and said, "It's on now." Police held a Taser to him and pulled the trigger, a dry stun.

Martin continued his uncooperative behavior in the holding cell, Cotto said. When police inventoried his possessions, they found $1,353. They checked records and found that Martin has an extensive arrest history in New York.

He was charged with larceny sixth-degree and interfering with an officer. Bond was $1,000.

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