AN aerospace worker who had been drinking believed his girlfriend was being taken away by a taxi driver.
He ran after it and when he caught up with the vehicle he elbowed a rear window, which fell out.
But in the cold light of day Stephen Lee Bunnell accepted he had jumped to the wrong conclusions, his solicitor Damien Sabino told Flintshire Magistrates Court.
Bunnell, 27, of Shotton Lane, Shotton, admitted criminal damage an d a public order offence. He ended up with a court bill of £590 in fines, costs and compensation.
Matthew Ellis, prosecuting, said the defendant and his girlfriend had a taxi ride from Chester on August 25 and when they arrived in Shotton there was an argument over the £14 fare.
He paid £4, went to get more money, but ended up striking the window causing damage.
Police attended and he was arrested after he was heard using abusive language and people had been disturbed and were looking out of their windows. Bunnell suggested to the police that his girlfriend had paid the fare.
Mr Sabino said £4 had been paid, he went to a cash machine to get more money but it was not working. When he returned there had been a misunderstanding between him and the taxi driver.
The driver had locked the doors and moved the vehicle forward.
Bunnell saw his girlfriend in the back seat and followed. When he caught up he elbowed the taxi window.
“In his drunkenness, what he says is that he thought the taxi driver was making off with his girlfriend,” said Mr Sabino.
“He understands in the cold, sober light of day that he jumped to the wrong conclusions.”
He had been out since noon drinking and had perhaps lost control.