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Police: Cabbie gave rides with .32 BAC

Published On: Mar 19 2014 11:33:48 AM CDT   Updated On: Mar 20 2014 10:08:43 AM CDT
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A cab driver was arrested after he was caught picking up and dropping off customers on his 12-hour shift with a BAC that registered four times the legal alcohol limit, according to police.

Police in Bayonne, N.J. received a call from a passenger who complained that he or she had just been dropped off by a cabbie who was swerving and driving erratically, reports NJ.com.


Robert Pipher Jr., of Campbell Taxi was pulled over a short time later. He failed to produce a valid license to drive the cab and then failed the field sobriety tests. At the police headquarters Pipher Jr.'s blood alcohol content was .32, four times the legal limit. 

The dispatcher at Campbell Taxi said he dispatched several calls to Pipher Jr. throughout his shift, but had no clue he was drunk. He also noted that Pipher Jr. was a new driver and had only been on the job for three days.

Police are investigating how Pipher Jr. was driving without a license to drive with the company. 

He was charged with two motor vehicle summonses, driving while intoxicated near a school zone and reckless driving. He was also issued three city ordinance summonses, including failure to transfer a taxi cab operator's license to a new company, smoking a cigarette, taxi driver/unkempt/unshaven, said Bayonne Police Capt. Walter Rogers.

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