Fire bottle thrown in taxi

Blackpool Magistrates Court

Blackpool Magistrates Court

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A MAN emptied the contents of a fire extinguisher over a taxi before throwing it through the windscreen.

The extinguisher landed on the front passenger seat of the taxi and the driver called police.

They arrested track engineer Carl Hindle, 25, of Osbourne Road, South Shore.

Hindle admitted making off without paying the taxi fare, theft of the extinguisher from flats and criminal damage to the taxi.

Martine Connah, prosecuting, said the taxi driver picked up Hindle as a fare in Blackpool town centre.

Hindle said he would get the money for the fare from his girlfriend.

But instead he emerged from the building with the extinguisher which he sprayed over the taxi before running.

The driver followed and Hindle emerged from between parked cars and threw the extinguisher threw the cab window.

Kathryn Edwards, defending, said: “My client had a limited recollection of what happened that night. He feels his drinks may have been spiked as what he drank, he says, was not excessive for him. He has offered to pay for the damage.”

Hindle was fined £300 and ordered to pay £331 in costs and compensation.

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