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Taxi driver drives into a canal with passengers on board

A taxi driver drove his passengers into a canal after failing to leave a pub car park by the correct exit. 63-year-old Charles Payne has been banned from the roads at North Staffordshire Justice Centre after admitting the offence of driving without due care and attention. Payne, along with his passengers, suffered minor injuries from the incident that took place just before midnight of April 1 when he was called to pick up a fare from the The Swan pub in Alrewas. The court heard that Payne passengers and then drove out of the premises the wrong way and ended up driving straight into the Trent and Mersey Canal. As a result of the deep sea driving incident, Payne’s Peugeot vehicle was a potential loss. According to a report in the Derbyshire Live, Payne has been fined £347 and ordered to pay £85 court costs and a £34 victim surcharge. He was also handed a six month ban from driving for repeat offending.

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