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Police: Man skipped out on fare, left bong

Aug. 11, 2011 at 11:57 AM   |   Comments

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WILMETTE, Ill., Aug. 11 (UPI) -- Police in Illinois said a man who fled a taxi cab without paying left items behind, including his ID and a bong for smoking marijuana.

Wilmette police said Christopher Porter, 19, of Evanston, got into the taxi with a friend at 2:30 a.m. Aug. 4 in Winnetka and the other man was dropped off with the understanding that Porter would be paying the entire fare, the Chicago Tribune reported Thursday.

However, police said Porter allegedly fled the cab without paying at 3:38 a.m. in Wilmette and left behind a backpack containing items including his ID, the marijuana-smoking device, a time card bearing Porter's name and keys.

The driver turned the bag over to police, who used Porter's ID to track down his father. Investigators said Porter's father sent his son to the police station, where he was ticketed for possession of marijuana.

Police said Porter paid the $15 cab fare plus a $5 tip and the driver declined to press charges.

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