Police: Drunk man attacks cab driver, destroys taxi

SEATTLE -- A drunk man demanding a ride used a wooden chair to severely damage a taxi and attack its driver early last Thursday in downtown Seattle, according to the Seattle Police Department.

According to the police report for the incident, the taxi was waiting in the 1900 block of Sixth Avenue to pick up a passenger headed for the airport around 4 a.m. when a group of four men walked up. The cab driver later told officers one of the men was obviously drunk and had just been fighting with his friends.

The drunk man asked for a ride, but the driver told him he was picking up a fare and couldn't take him. According to the report, the man got angry and started yelling.

The man reportedly grabbed a wooden chair from a nearby patio and used it to smash out the taxi's windshield and driver's side window while the driver was still seated inside. The man then threw a bottle of beer at the driver, narrowly missing his head, according to the report.

The driver told officers he got out of the taxi, and the man hit him multiple times with the chair then punched him.

According to the report, the man then got into a second taxi parked behind the victim and threatened to assault its driver if he didn't take him to Eighth Avenue and Seneca Street. The driver was able to get the man out of his taxi, and the man walked off.

Police believe there may be surveillance footage of the man from the second taxi.

The man's three friends reportedly ran off as soon as he smashed the first taxi's windshield.