Jamie Gough contrite after taxi incident

EMBARRASSING NIGHT OUT: Christchurch City Councillor's Jamie Gough ended up in a police station.
EMBARRASSING NIGHT OUT: Christchurch City Councillor's Jamie Gough ended up in a police station.

Christchurch city councillor Jamie Gough will not face disciplinary action after a night out ended with a taxi driver taking him to a police station because he could not pay his fare.

Gough says the incident happened after he mixed alcohol with antibiotics, making him feel ill, and he decided to head home.

Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel, who learned of the incident when she read about it in the Sunday Star Times, spoke to Gough yesterday and was "happy with his explanation".

He had decided to head home after mixing alcohol with antibiotics and "freaking out" on Wednesday night.

Gough got in a cab on Victoria St, but during the trip realised he did not have his wallet. The taxi driver, fearing he would not be paid his $62 fare, took Gough to a police station. Gough called his partner, who went to the station.

The city council code of conduct says that councillors "should not behave improperly and should on all occasions avoid the appearance of such behaviour".

Dalziel was was too busy to speak to The Press yesterday, but her spokeswoman said she felt Gough had "handled" the situation.

"She said that when he came back from holiday he was unwell. He's done everything he can to make it all right. He hasn't broken the code of conduct. She [Dalziel] has looked into it. She's spoken to Jamie. He hasn't done anything wrong. She's happy with his explanation."

Gough said yesterday he was "mortified" by what happened, and he understood the driver's need to make sure he got paid.

"It was a bad mix on medication," Gough said. "It was something that I didn't judge and needed to."

Gough said he had recently returned from Bali where he contracted campylobacter - a nasty strain of food poisoning.

He'd had "a couple" of beers on Wednesday night and felt very crook. He would never mix antibiotics and alcohol again, he said. "I learned a valuable lesson. It's one of these things - I need to man up and push on from on it."

When the taxi driver, Shafiq Raja, went round to Gough's house the next day he was paid his $62. Gough even threw in a $50 gift certificate, which Raja had yet to spend.

"I felt awful for the poor cabby. He was the loveliest guy," Gough said.

The Press