Man charged with illegal operation of taxi

CONYERS -- A man who was allegedly operating a taxi cab service without the necessary permits and equipment was arrested and taken to jail Monday night.

John Charles White, 40, of 1049 Pine Log Road, was pulled over in a traffic stop at about 11:30 p.m. after an officer reported observing him driving the wrong way on the one-way portion of Railroad Street.

White reportedly told officers with the Conyers Police Department that he was on his way to The Pointe to pick up some friends. White told police that his friends had called, said they'd been drinking and needed a ride, according to the incident report.

One of the officers recalled that White had been a cab driver in the past, but White allegedly said he was now unemployed.

While officers were talking with White, two men approached White's vehicle and said they had called Cab Co. and had spoken with White, who was there to pick them up, according to the report. When an officer called the phone number for Cab Co., White's cell phone reportedly began to ring, and the phone number for the city of Conyers showed in the display.

White was placed under arrest and charged with driving the wrong way on a one-way street, failure to post taxi rates, and failure to have a taxi vehicle license, a taxi drivers permit, taxicab identification lights and number, a taxi cab color scheme, a taxi manifest, and a taxi meter.