A taxi driver has been forced at knife point to drive a passenger from the CBD to Balga.
At 12.30am this morning the driver picked up a man in Barrack Street who asked to be taken to Balga.
The driver asked for a deposit and during the trip the passenger argued whether he had to pay it.
When the driver stopped and asked him to leave he allegedly pulled out a knife and demanded to be taken to Balga.
The driver then saw a police car at the intersection of Roe Street and the Freeway North entrance so he pulled along side it and told officers his passenger had a knife.
The passenger fled the taxi but was later found hiding in a hole and taken into custody.
The 30-year-old man from was charged with deprivation of liberty and carrying an article with intent to cause fear
He was refused bail and will appear in the Perth Magistrate's Court today.