Alleged Rogue Cabbie Pleads Not Guilty To Contempt

ASPEN, Colo. (AP) – An Aspen-area man who authorities say continues to violate an order barring him from offering taxi rides for money has pleaded not guilty to a charge of contempt of court.

Phil Sullivan, 75,  of Woody Creek entered his plea Friday.

Sullivan doesn’t have a license to operate a taxi. He says he merely gives people free rides home and accepts tips.

A Pitkin County District judge had ordered him in 2010 to stop. He spent seven nights in jail last March after he was found guilty of violating that order.

Public Utilities Commission investigator William Schlitter alleges Sullivan broke the order again when Sullivan gave him a ride this summer and accepted cash.

A trial on the contempt charge is scheduled to start Oct. 11.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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