The fare totaled $21.50, but Wilson tried to hand the driver $5 and leave, police said.
When the driver got out of the car to protest, Wilson punched him in the chest, knocking him to the ground, police said. The driver's head hit the pavement, police said, and he was left bruised, swollen and in pain.
Wilson is due back in court on Jan. 22. His attorney did not immediately respond to a message left for comment.
Other notable incidents in the 6th Precinct include:
► A man caught breaking into a West Village restaurant after hours claimed he was an employee, police said.
Anthony Vazquez, 46, broke open a lock on a side door at Gaetana’s at 143 Christopher St. using a screwdriver about 7:25 a.m. on Dec. 22, witnesses told police.
Another person saw Vazquez inside the restaurant, opening drawers behind the bar, police said.
The restaurant's owner told police Vazquez did not have permission to be in the restaurant at the time, but it was not immediately clear if he was employed there.
The restaurant did not immediately respond to a voicemail.
Police said they found a screwdriver and two knives on Vazquez when they arrested him.
Vazquez was charged with burglary and possession of burglary tools. He was being held on $5,000 bail as of Monday and is due back in court on Jan. 20.
A lawyer for Vazquez did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
► Morning commuters from New Jersey were confronted by a man shouting expletives and threatening to kill them, police said.
They arrived to find David Richardson, 39, yelling at passengers, police said.
Police said Richardson was yelling “F--- you, f-----g crackers, what the f--- are you looking at,” and threatened to “shoot everyone in the train.”
He is due back in court on Jan. 20. His attorney did not immediately respond to a message left for comment.