EVANSVILLE, Ind. - An Evansville man’s trip home from a bar Tuesday night took a detour to jail after police said he couldn’t control his bodily functions in a taxi cab.
The driver also accused his reportedly unruly passenger, identified by police as Donald J. Sikes, of later relieving himself on both the driver and the driver’s vehicle once he stepped out of the cab, according to a report by the Evansville Courier & Press.
According to an Evansville Police Department affidavit, a Unity Taxi driver told officers that Sikes, 51, urinated in his van while the driver was taking him home from a Garvin Street bar at about 10 p.m. The driver told police that Sikes made the driver aware he needed to relieve himself after he already committed the deed.
Sikes became angry when the driver informed him that the act would add a $75 fee to his fare, according to the affidavit. Sikes then threw a container of food containing ketchup at the driver while the cab was still moving, according to the affidavit.
Near the end of the trip, the driver also told police that Sikes struck him in the back of the head, which is when the driver informed his company dispatch to call police, according to the affidavit.
The driver told police that he took Sikes to near his destination and told him to exit the vehicle. That’s when, according to police, Sikes got out of the vehicle and urinated again. His bodily fluids struck the vehicle and driver on the left pant leg, according to the affidavit.
Sikes only had $14 in his pocket -- three dollars short of the regular cab fare -- and much less than the total fees he rung up, according to the affidavit,
Police said that Sikes admitted to the responding officer that he was intoxicated, according to affidavit, but denied hitting the driver or urinating on anything.
However, the officer noted in the report, Sikes’ pants were unzipped when police arrived.
As of Wednesday morning, Sikes was in the Vanderburgh County Jail and is being held on a $100 bond. He faces several preliminary misdemeanor charges including criminal mischief, public intoxication and battery by bodily waste.