A taxi driver has been hit by his own vehicle after it was allegedly stolen during a terrifying confrontation on the Gold Coast early on Sunday morning.
The 23-year-old cab driver picked up two men from the Gold Coast University Hospital around 2.00am, with the pair agreeing to share a fare to separate addresses in the Hinterland.
Police say one of the men paid the driver and exited the vehicle when they arrived at a licenced venue.
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However the second man refused to hand over any cash.
The taxi driver then got out of his vehicle to phone police when the passenger allegedly jumped into the driver’s seat and accelerated away.
“As the man drove off in the taxi it will be alleged he struck the driver as he attempted to stop it,” police said.
Thankfully he managed to escape with minor injuries and was taken to Robina Hospital for treatment.
Officers were able to track the taxi using the vehicle’s GPS and it was later found abandoned outside a home on Adelaide Street in Beenleigh.
A 24-year-old Windaroo man was arrested outside the property and has since been charged with unlawful use of a motor vehicle