Police say a man who took a 300-mile cab ride across Pennsylvania to surprise his fiancee has been jailed because he couldn't pay the $749 fare. Police say 35-year-old New York City resident John Williams Jr. took the taxi from Philadelphia to Uniontown with his children early Saturday. But when they arrived, authorities say, Williams refused to pay the bill, and the cab driver called police. Police say Williams told them he didn't have cash and "his credit card was maxed out for the day."
The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports Williams has since been charged with theft of services. He was jailed on $2,500 bail to await a preliminary hearing July 7. The paper adds Williams' children were left with an unidentified woman who lives at the home where Williams had asked the cab driver to drop him off. She told police that Williams' visit was unexpected. (Read more taxi cabs stories.)