Armed passenger tells cabbie to flee cops

Warren Barnsley

A taxi driver has disobeyed his armed passenger's demands to continue driving when they were stopped by police near Mackay.

Police stopped the vehicle in Mount Pleasant early on Wednesday before the 22-year-old passenger produced a gun, then fled on foot after his demands were defied by the driver.

The man was arrested a short time later, police said, and was charged with assault, firearm and drug offences.