Man charged over taxi bill

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A 26-YEAR-OLD Eastwood man has been charged with making off without payment after a taxi dropped him off in Ilkeston.

Police were called to Wirksworth Road, Kirk Hallam, on Wednesday September 7 just before 11pm after a taxi driver reported a passenger for not paying.

A passing police patrol car stopped after the taxi driver flagged it down and officers found a man hiding in a garden.

As he was being arrested he allegedly assaulted one of the officers and ran off.

The force helicopter was scrambled to help officers trace the suspect.

n A man is due to appear before Magistrates on Friday October 14 in relation to the unpaid taxi fare.