A property executive from Sydney’s eastern suburbs has denied stealing a taxi from a CBD street and driving it along major thoroughfares, including the Eastern Distributor motorway, while under the influence of alcohol.
Brett Henson, 42, faced Downing Centre Local Court on Wednesday, when his lawyer Paul McGirr entered pleas of not guilty to three charges.
Henson works as senior capital transactions manager at Australian property giant Mirvac.
Police allege Henson damaged a 13 Cabs taxi with NSW registration parked on Hunter Street in the CBD about 8.50pm on November 4 and threatened the 52-year-old male driver.
He is then accused of stealing the silver Toyota Camry Hybrid sedan and fleeing.
The vehicle was recovered five kilometres away in Woollahra with “significant damage”, NSW Police said last month.
Court documents allege that, between 9pm and 9.23pm on November 4, Henson drove the taxi along Hunter Street, Macquarie Street, the Cahill Expressway, the Eastern Distributor, Moore Park Road and Queen Street “while under the influence of alcohol”.
He is also alleged to have driven “recklessly and in a manner dangerous to the public” on Hunter and Macquarie streets.