A Young and intoxicated police officer became abusive after refusing to pay for a taxi ride and attacked the vehicle’s windows and doors.
Richard Olsen, PC of South Wales Police, was returning to his home in Margam following a night out with his friends in Swansea where he watched a rugby game on the weekend.
During the journey, the 22-year-old police officer asked the taxi driver to stop the car and then refused to pay his fare. When the taxi driver remonstrated with him, he became verbally abusive and started attacking the vehicle’s windows and doors.
A police misconduct hearing, held at South Wales Police’s headquarters in Bridgend, heard Richard Olsen kicked the inside of the vehicle and began punching the windows. When the taxi driver told him he was going to ring the police, Olsen said to him that he is a police officer.
When the police arrived at the scene, he failed to tell his colleagues he was a member of the force and lied to them about the number of people in the taxi and said some passenger paid his fare, so he is not supposed to pay the fare twice.
PC Olsen continued his refusal to pay the fare but eventually admitted he was in the wrong and paid up. The hearing chaired by the police chief, Richard Lewis was told that PC Olsen accepted his behavior was a breach of professional ethics and amounted to gross misconduct.
Richard Olsen was issued with a final written warning which will remain on his police record.