Two drunken men robbed a taxi driver - before stealing his cab and crashing it.
Ratu Vukinamualevu and James Campbell pinched £100 from the driver’s cash bag after being picked up from Hanley’s ST1 club.
The Stoke Sentinel reports that the 22-year-olds also dragged the cabbie out of his taxi and kicked and punched him before leaving him at the roadside.
They then drove off in the taxi before crashing it in Birches Head.
Now both defendants have been jailed for two years at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court.
The court heard the defendants asked to be taken to Heron Cross and Smallthorne after being picked up in Trinity Street in the early hours of June 8.
Prosecutor Heather Chamberlin said: “Vukinamualevu picked up a bottle of water and dropped it under the driver’s feet so he had to stop the car and remove it.
“He stopped and Vukinamualevu grabbed hold of his arms. Both men punched him. The driver was dragged out by Campbell and kicked a couple of times to his right thigh. The two of them ran to the car and Campbell drove away.”
The taxi was found in Diana Road with extensive damage, including a cracked windscreen and a bumper ripped off.
About £100 had been stolen from the driver’s cash bag and his phone was also missing. The victim was left with neck pain and a sore thigh.
Both men pleaded guilty to robbery. Campbell, of Tyler Grove, Middleport. also admitted driving without insurance and without a licence.
Judge Paul Glenn also banned Campbell from driving for 12 months.
He told the defendants: “The amount of alcohol you had to drink was obscene. This is so serious only custody is appropriate.”