Cab Driver: Detective Refused Fare, Pointed Gun

Off-duty police detective refused to pay $8, cabbie says

By Matt Bartosik
|  Wednesday, Jan 20, 2010  |  Updated 2:39 PM CDT
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Normally, we tip our cab drivers, but in this case, we'll tip the passenger:

Put your gun away.

A Chicago police detective has been charged with theft and assault after he refused to pay his cab fare and threatened the driver with a gun in April, according to authorities.

Cab driver Karl Clermont, 33, said he picked up police detective John Killackey, 32, near Armitage and Damen avenues. Upon arriving at his destination, the off-duty detective refused to pay his $8 fare.

Eight dollars. We know it's a rough economy, but surely the cop could come up with that much.

When Clermont demanded to be paid, Killackey allegedly pointed a handgun at the driver.

After an investigation by the state's attorney's office, Killackey was charged on Friday with misdemeanor theft and assault.

Killackey—who has been on the force for nearly 10 years—was also relieved of police powers. An internal investigation is ongoing.

Matt Bartosik is a Chicago native and a social media sovereign.

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