The man was not identified by authorities, and it’s unclear if he is a Canadian resident.
After calling 911, the taxi driver took the man to police headquarters, where he refused to comply with officers’ demands to leave the car, officials said. Officers removed him from the taxi and placed him into custody.
The man was fined on three accounts for failure to wear a face covering, abusive or belligerent behavior and failure to comply with the direction of an officer, totaling $542 ($690 CAD), the largest number of CRMA fines issued to an individual by VicPD officers, police said.
The passenger was also ticketed for being intoxicated in a public place, and was held at headquarters behind bars until he was sober.