Man charged over horrifying hit and run of Gold Coast cab driver

UPDATE 3.30PM SATURDAY: A man has been arrested and charged over the horrifying hit and run of a cab driver in Surfers Paradise on Friday.

The 33-year-old man from Broadbeach was arrested on Saturday morning and later charged with one count of dangerous operation of a vehicle causing grievous bodily harm.

The man is accused of mowing down the 29-year-old cab driver in a black Holden Cruze on Laycock Street at around 4.45pm on Friday.

The shocking incident, which unfolded in front of horrified witnesses, the majority of whom were tourists, was captured on CCTV.


The footage shows the black Holden Cruze striking the cab driver as he stood next to a parked maxi taxi.

The victim, a local man from Labrador, was thrown into the air and onto his face.

He was taken to Gold Coast University Hospital with serious leg injuries.

The 33-year-old man is due to appear in the Southport Magistrates Court May 26.

FRIDAY: A manhunt is under way on the Gold Coast for a driver who mowed down a cabbie in Surfers Paradise on Friday afternoon.

The shocking hit-and-run occurred on Laycock Street at around 4.45pm and was captured on CCTV.

A black sedan, described by police as a Holden Cruze, was caught on camera ploughing into the cab driver at high speed before driving off.

The cabbie, a 29-year-old Labrador man, can be seen in the footage standing on the roadway beside a parked maxi taxi when he was struck.

The sedan hit the man with so much force, he was thrown over the bonnet and into the air before landing on his head.

The sedan also side swiped the parked taxi.

According to 7NEWS, the cab driver and the driver of the sedan had been engaged in a heated argument moments before the hit-and-run.

Shocked witnesses raced to the injured cab driver’s aid and attempted to stop the black sedan, but it sped off.

The 29-year-old was taken to the Gold Coast University Hospital with serious leg injuries.

Police said the man’s injuries are not considered life threatening.

Police, including officers from the Forensic Crash Unit, are investigating the incident and are attempting to track down the driver of the black sedan, which is described as a Holden Cruze with Queensland registration 816-VJS.

Anyone who witnessed the hit-and-run, or anyone who may have information that could assist police in locating the driver of the sedan, has been urged to come forward and contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Man found injured on Gold Coast road, bleeding from the head

A person has been rushed to hospital after being found lying injured on a Gold Coast road, bleeding from the head.

Paramedics said the male, who age is not yet known, was found on Savoy Drive in Broadbeach Waters with a head injury shortly before 11pm on Friday.

He has been taken to Gold Coast University Hospital in a stable condition.

It is not clear how the man sustained the head injury.

Anyone with any information is urged to come forward and contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Knife-wielding man allegedly took hostage in Gold Coast kebab shop

A man reportedly high on drugs has allegedly taken a woman hostage inside a kebab shop while trying to evade police on the Gold Coast.

The dramatic scenes unfolded in Ashmore just before 10am on Friday.


Police say they were called to a store on Southport-Nerang Road, near Kinarra Street, following reports of a drug affected man creating a disturbance.

On arrival, the 23-year-old local allegedly fled the shop and jumped over a fence, injuring his shoulder.

The man then allegedly burst into a nearby Kebab shop where police say he took a knife and locked the doors, preventing a 45-year-old woman from leaving.

He eventually let the woman go and fled the shop, running to an address in nearby Kinarra Street where he was arrested by police who had their tasers drawn.

Fortunately, the 45-year-old woman whom the man had locked himself inside the take away store with was not physically injured.

The man was taken to Gold Coast University Hospital for treatment to a shoulder injury before being charged with one count each of deprivation of liberty, wilful damage, stealing and three counts of trespass.

He is due to appear in Southport Magistrates Court on Saturday.

Man with garden shears holds schoolgirl against her will on city bus

A man has been arrested after allegedly holding a schoolgirl against her will on a bus while armed with a pair of garden shears in Perth.

The dramatic scenes unfolded on a Transperth bus on the corner of Thelma and Throssel Street’s in Como at around 7.50am on Thursday.

According to Perth Now, police set up a roadblock around the bus while officers dealt with the delicate situation.

Fortunately the man was arrested after a short stand-off and taken into police custody without incident.

The female student escaped unharmed.

The man, believed to be aged in his 20s, has since been taken to Fiona Stanley Hospital for assessment.

Driver dies after car collides head-on with tree on busy Perth road

A man has been killed after the car he was driving crashed head-on into a tree in Perth’s southern suburbs overnight.

The accident happened in East Rockingham at around 7.30pm.

Police said a black Hyundai Getz had been travelling north along Patterson Road when the vehicle collided with a tree in the centre median.

Despite the desperate attempts of a passing doctor to keep the 41-year-old male driver alive, he died at the scene.

Detectives from the Major Crash Unit after investigating and are urging anyone who may have seen the vehicle prior to the crash or the crash itself to come forward and contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.