Cabbies get asses handed to them

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

Despite Talbot College accidentally catching fire on Sunday, campus shenanigans reached an all-time low this weekend.

The rest of the city, however, experienced a plethora of poor decision-making. From aggravated assault to teens in trucks, the usual suspects were at it again.

At about 2 a.m. on Friday morning, a gang of six males assaulted two taxi drivers. The cabbies picked up the rambunctious fares near White Oaks Mall, and drove to the corner of Deveron Crescent and Almond Road.

Three passengers from one vehicle proceeded to attack the first driver and demand money, while the other three males attacked the second cabbie. Luckily, both drivers were able to fend off their assailants. With nothing to show for their less-than-ethical actions, the suspects fled on foot.

The London Police Service is still looking for all six suspects, ranging in age between 19 and 20, Constable Amy Phillipo, media relations officer, confirmed. The cab drivers sustained non-life threatening injuries from the incident.

On Thursday afternoon, the LPS executed a search warrant on Stuart Street, unveiling some sketchy substances and a wad of cash.

Responding to complaints from neighbours, the London Police Drug Unit seized small quantities of crack cocaine and oxycodone " an addictive pain medication similar to codeine. Police also found drug scales and $865 dollars in the drug den.

A 57-year-old man and 40-year-old women now face charges of possession for the purpose of trafficking and failing to comply with a condition of judicial release.

On Sunday at 4 p.m., two pre-teens, aged 12 and 13, were caught behind the wheel of a stolen pick-up truck. The truck was parked at the corner of Gould and Elgin streets, when the scheming tykes took control of the vehicle.

The boost was short lived, however, as the teeny-boppers smashed into two unoccupied cars. Afraid of what Mom and Dad might think, the munchkins promptly ran away from the scene. Police arrested the underage driver nearby, and located the passenger hiding in an area residence.

The 12 and 13-year-olds involved in the theft are now charged with possession of stolen property.

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