A 20-year-old Palmetto man was in Manatee County jail Tuesday in lieu of $500 bail after authorities say he refused to pay his $22 cab fare to Riviera Dunes in Palmetto.
Dylan Best, who lists his address as the 1200 block of Third Street Drive E., Palmetto, reportedly solicited a ride from Taxi Taxi at 3:24 a.m. Tuesday, according to the Palmetto Police Department.
Best, at the AMF Bowling Lanes in the 4200 block of Cortez Road, reportedly told the taxi driver he had cash for the trip to Palmetto.When the taxi got within about a mile and a half of his home, Best reportedly told the driver to drop him off near the Bradenton Area Convention Center.
Best then reportedly exited the taxi and began walking away. When the driver said he owned $22, Dylan reportedly said, “OK, see ya later.”
The taxi driver offered her cell phone to call someone to pay the bill, but Best reportedly refused. The driver then called police.
Best reportedly became belligerent with Palmetto officers and refused to answer questions. He is charged with retail theft of $22.