ABILENE, Texas - Abilene City Council voted Thursday to uphold the decision to deny Larry Folz a permit to become a taxi driver here in Abilene.
According to Abilene Police Chief Stan Standridge, Folz has two assault cases against him. The cases are still under investigation. Standridge says the alleged assaults happened while Folz was a taxi driver at Roadrunner Taxi Company in Abilene.
There are two alleged assaults. In the first case, on November 26, 2012, "the victim claimed to be hit by a vehicle after a verbal altercation," said Standridge.
In the second case, on November 16, 2013, "a 27-year-old female alleged that a local taxi cab driver assaulted her during the night time. The female had minor injuries. The cab driver denied any allegations and also said the female ran away from Folz without paying," said Standridge.
Folz explained his side of the story at Thursday's city council meeting.
"When people don't want to pay us, they run, we try to pursuit it, then they threaten us and they make up stories," said Folz.
Folz has not been formally charged in these cases. He says he is an experienced driver and he says these allegations against him are just not true.
"I have driven all my life. I worked for city link; I drove the bus for city link, no problems there. Before that, I drove for the railroad company for the union pacific, before that I was a truck driver, this is all I have ever done," said Folz.
Standridge also told the council that if Folz was formally charged with these allegations and then found to be not guilty of these charges, he would reconsider the taxi permit and says Folz has the right to work in the City of Abilene.