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Victoria cabbie drops belligerent, mask-less passenger at police headquarters

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Victoria police say they doled out close to $700 in fines to a man who refused to wear a mask in a taxi and became belligerent with the driver.

Police say the cabbie phoned 911 around 1 a.m. on Friday to complain his passenger wouldn’t put on a mask.

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The man also touched the driver’s face, according to police.

The cabbie drove the passenger to the Victoria police headquarters on Caledonia Avenue, where he met with waiting officers.

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Police issued three $230 fines to the passenger for failure to wear a mask, abusive or belligerent behaviour and failure to comply with the direction of a police officer.

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When the man refused to get out of the cab officers had to physically remove him, and took him into custody, police said.

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Victoria police say they were called to more than a dozen gatherings on New Year’s Eve in contravention of a COVID-19 public health order banning social gatherings.