Man ‘high on meth’ pulls gun on cab driver

A MAN ‘high on meth’ has been arrested after allegedly trying to hijack a taxi at gunpoint in Mackay.

The 22-year-old man was a passenger in the cab and allegedly pulled a gun on the driver after officers tried intercepting the vehicle on Windmill Crossing around 3.15am on Wednesday.

Police said officers had tried pulling the taxi over so that they could speak with the passenger in relation to an outstanding matter.


The 22-year-old local allegedly aimed a firearm at the driver and demanded he keep driving.

But police said the brave driver stopped the vehicle and the passenger jumped out and fled on foot, leaving the gun and ammunition in the taxi.

Officers gave chase and apprehended the man a short time later on Trade Court.

He was allegedly under the influence of drugs and was found with a small amount of methylamphetamine.

The 22-year-old has since been charged with serious assault, enter premises and commit indictable offence, possess shortened firearm and possessing dangerous drugs.

He was also charged with ‘authority required to possess explosives’ in relation to the ammunition.

The Mackay man was expected to front Mackay Magistrates Court this afternoon.

Thankfully, the 38-year-old male taxi driver was not physically injured during the incident.

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