A man who beat up a taxi driver, stole his cab and crashed into two cyclists was sentenced to eight years in prison on Tuesday morning at Jing'an District People's Court.
Cang Guijiang, 28, had been drinking heavily when he took a taxi at midnight on December 8. He got out of the cab in Jing'an District without paying the fare.
When the driver left the cab to ask him for the money, Cang beat him up, fracturing eight of his ribs.
Cang then took the cab and drove off very fast along the bicycle lane of Tianmu Road M, knocking down and injuring two cyclists. He later crashed into a pavement barrier and stopped.
Cang abandoned the cab and attempted to steal another vehicle but was caught by the car owner and handed over to police officers who arrived at the scene.
At the hearing, Cang told the court that he had been drinking with four colleagues that day and had no recollection of being in the cab, just of waking up the next morning at the police station. He had no driving license and had only recently learned to drive.