A man fleeing a £4 taxi ride was caught, identified and arrested by police as a wanted man for over a year.
Greater Manchester Police (GMP) officers were attending to an incident in Stalybridge, when they were alerted by a taxi driver reporting that three men had fled his taxi forgetting to pay him.
The officers where able to track them down quickly and one of the group, a 28-year-old man, was arrested for breaching his community order which he had evaded for over a year.
A GMP spokesperson said via Facebook: “Whilst officers were dealing with an incident in Stalybridge they were stopped by a taxi driver reporting three males had fled his taxi forgetting to pay him.
“Unfortunately for the males, they did it in front of the officers and ran into the estate at Booth Close. As they did they ran away laughing and continued to do so whilst officers were searching for them.
“Between the two officers, they managed to corner one of the group.
“Whilst one officer rang the taxi company asking the driver to meet them, the other checked the male out on the police national computer. It transpired that he had been wanted for over a year for failing to attend his community service on a number of occasions.
“When the taxi driver returned they discovered that the fare that wasn't paid for was for £4.
“The male will remain in police custody waiting the first available court which is Monday morning. PC Martin Jones