Female taxi driver assaulted by passenger

A FEMALE taxi driver was allegedly assaulted by her passenger in Emu Park on Sunday as he tried to escape without paying his cab fare.

The passenger, 32, was allegedly abusive towards Lynn Whitty, a 58-year-old Yellow Cab driver, and vomited in her taxi during the trip from Yeppoon to Emu Park.

Yeppoon police Senior Sergeant Bob Barclay said when the taxi arrived at the man's destination, some time between 12.23am and 1.15am, an argument broke out over his cab fare.

Snr Sgt Barclay said the man threw an object from the car during the argument, and when the driver left the vehicle to retrieve it he ran out and attacked her.

Ms Whitty told WIN Television she was punched twice and knocked to the ground.

"It was very scary," the grandmother said.

Yellow Cabs head officer Bill Parker said taxi drivers should be given more respect.

"It does happen unfortunately," he said of assaults about taxi drivers.

"People should pay more respect to the fact they are giving a service to the community.

"In most cases they are the only after hours transport."

Police have charged the man with public nuisance, assault occasioning bodily harm, evading a cab fare, wilful damage to property, interfering with a mechanism on a vehicle and obstructing police.

Police said the man was clearly affected by alcohol.

The driver was taken to Rockhampton Hospital with facial injuries.

The man will appear in Yeppoon Magistrates Court on January 23.



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