Man arrested after taxi driver assault

A 35-year-old Bulahdelah man was arrested on Tuesday, October 3 following an incident at Coolongolook. 

The man caught a taxi about 10.30pm in Taree wanting to return to Bulahdelah.

On route, the man threatened the taxi driver who then stopped at a service station in Coolongolook.

The driver was assaulted by the man who then broke free and ran into the service station.

The man then attacked the taxi, causing damage.

Manning Great Lakes police stationed at Forster attended the incident and found the man at a neighbouring service station.

He was attempting to light a cigarette near fuel bowsers.

Police approached the man and were forced to use capsicum spray to subdue him.

He was arrested at the scene, refused bail and faced Taree Local Court on Wednesday, October 4.