Taxi driver pulls gun on passenger in Winter Park
February 9, 2009
On this much the parties agree: An argument over taxi fare in Winter Park resulted in the taxi driver pulling a handgun on two men he had just transported.
It is the circumstances that led to this dramatic turn of events where disagreement arises, according to a Fraser-Winter Park Police account of the incident.
The police report relates that two Arizona men allege the taxi driver drove recklessly as he transported them and two companions from a bar to their Winter Park hotel on the night of Jan. 23. The men told police they paid the fare on the meter plus a $5 tip, at which point they say the driver demanded an additional $10 per person.
An argument ensued, the men told police, and they asked the driver for his employer’s phone number. That is when the driver brandished the handgun and threatened the men, they told police. The men then exited the van, which drove away, the report says.
The taxi driver had a different story. After police contacted the driver, who police say had not reported the incident independently, he told officers that the Arizona men refused to pay the proper fare. He also said the men had attempted to pull him out of the van and assault him.
It was then, he told officers, that he pulled out the gun because he feared for his life.
The driver, 26-year-old Nolan Bray of Winter Park, was subsequently arrested on suspicion of prohibited use of a weapon, according to law enforcement documents.
The case is still being investigated and will be referred to the District Attorney’s Office to determine whether charges will be filed against any of the parties involved.