A Conyers man was arrested in Olde Town last week for operating a taxi service in a plain vehicle without a taxi permit or official taxi business license.
John Charles White, 40, of 1049 Pinelog Road, was arrested on Dec. 17 after Conyers police officers pulled him over for driving the wrong way in a segment of Railroad Street that is designated as one-way only. White allegedly told officers that he was on his way to pick up some acquaintances who were intoxicated at a bar but that no money was to be exchanged. The blue Ford Taurus White was driving was determined to be registered to Tommy Morrison, owner of Cab Company in Conyers.
According to the arrest report, two men walked up to White's vehicle during the traffic stop and advised they had called for a taxi and had been expecting White to pick them up. Officers then had dispatch call the Cab Company phone number and White's cell phone rang, according to the report.
The cab company owner, Morrison, advised officers that he knew White was driving a taxi for his company that night but thought he was operating in Covington only. The arrest report indicates the Taurus had no taxicab markings, taxi light, fare log, meter, posted rules, number or color scheme, which are all in violation of the City of Conyers' taxi cab ordinance.
White was arrested and charged with driving the wrong way on a one-way street and nine other charges for violating the taxi cab ordinance.