Couple charged with assaulting, stiffing cab driver

McDaniel (left) and Chamberlin.

A man and his girlfriend are accused of assaulting a taxi driver Thursday after berating him and stiffing him on his fare during a profanity-laced ride through Charleston, police said.

The episode started when the 54-year-old cab driver went to pick up the couple on East Bay Street Thursday evening and give them a ride to West Ashley. The driver told them the fare would be $60 and the man starting arguing with him over the price, according to a police report.

As they continued on their drive, the man began to insult the driver and his family with obscenities, police said. Once they arrived at their destination in Shadowmoss, the driver told the couple they needed to pay their fare and get out of his cab, a report stated.

Instead, the driver told police, the man punched him in the face, started to fight him and took his keys.

The driver chased after him, which prompted the man to come back and attack the driver again, police said.

As the two men struggled, the woman jumped on the driver’s shoulders and punched him, police said.

Officers caught up with the pair on Wolk Drive around 9:30 p.m. Police charged Garth Drive residents William Robert McDaniel, 43, and Carolyn Elizabeth Chamberlin, 39, with simple assault and failure to pay their taxi fare, police said.

The driver went to a hospital on his own after the incident, police said.

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