Surfers Paradise cab driver accused of brandishing knife, hitting man over fare argument

Group who argued with furious cabbie over their taxi fare had to flee for their lives after he allegedly brandished 20cm knife at group before running down one of them with his car

  • Taxi driver allegedly pulled a knife on four passengers after argument over fare
  • Men fled on foot but were allegedly pursued by the driver to nearby intersection
  • Police allege cab driver drove into one of the men who was thrown onto bonnet
  • He then allegedly reversed, revved the engine and drove at another passenger 

A furious cabbie has been charged after allegedly going on a violent rampage when a group he drove argued about the cost of their taxi fare.

The group of four men took the cab into the heart of the Gold Coast‘s party strip around 1.30am on Monday morning, getting the driver to drop them at a Surfers Paradise intersection.

Police said a nearby security guard then saw the group arguing and raised the alarm when he saw the driver allegedly brandish a long, 20cm yellow knife. 

The four men fled on foot but were pursued by the cabbie, who drove his taxi into one of the group members, police allege. 

Police say a nearby security guard who witnessed the group arguing raised the alarm after he saw the driver allegedly brandish a long yellow knife (pictured)

Police say a nearby security guard who witnessed the group arguing raised the alarm after he saw the driver allegedly brandish a long yellow knife (pictured)

The man allegedly run down by the driver was thrown onto the taxi’s bonnet by the force of the hit but he and the other passengers received only minor injuries.

The taxi driver then allegedly reserved the cab, before revving the engine and again driving at speed towards the group, only narrowly missing them. 

Officers tracked the vehicle to nearby Macintosh Park where the driver was arrested without incident on the side of the Gold Coast Highway.

The 35-year-old Surfers Paradise man has been charged with one count each of going armed so as to cause fear and dangerous operation of a motor vehicle. 

He was bailed and is due to appear in the Southport Magistrates Court on August 15. 

The group of four men got out of the taxi at a Surfers Paradise intersection on Queensland's Gold Coast at about 1.30am on Monday morning (pictured, a club on the Gold Coast)

The group of four men got out of the taxi at a Surfers Paradise intersection on Queensland’s Gold Coast at about 1.30am on Monday morning (pictured, a club on the Gold Coast)

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