A TAXI driver was taken to hospital after being hurt in an altercation with a passenger who was armed with a knife.
The passenger is also being linked to an earlier incident involving staff, at the Tesco store in Catcote Road, Hartlepool, being threatened with a blade.
Police were called to Musgrave Walk, in the town centre area, at about 2am on Saturday after reports that the driver had been hurt after an attempted robbery.
An ambulance was called and the man was taken to the University Hospital of North Tees, in Stockton, for treatment to his hands, where it is believed the victim tried to fight off his attacker.
The suspect made off from the vehicle and the Cleveland Police helicopter was scrambled to search for the suspect.
He was found after 20 minutes and arrested.
Police had also been called at around 10pm on Friday to the Tesco store in Catcote Road, after a man entered the store and threatened a member of staff with a knife before fleeing empty-handed.
No one was hurt in that incident, but police are linking the two incidents.
A Cleveland Police spokesman said: “Police were called at around 2am on Saturday to reports that a taxi driver had been injured by a man with a knife in Musgrave Walk, Hartlepool, following an attempted robbery.
“An ambulance was called and the man received medical treatment for lacerations to his hands.”
A 28-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of two counts of attempted robbery and was taken into police custody.