Cab driver threatened with gun in New Paltz

A passenger unhappy about his taxi fare menaced the driver with a gun Sunday morning, according to a state police report, and made derogatory comments about the cabbie’s race. Andrew Plachecki, of Congers, was apprehended at Chestnut Mobil in New Paltz soon after the driver flagged down state troopers to report the incident.

According to the police statement, troopers were approached about 1:15 a.m., and after locating Plachecki and interviewing him they determined he “reportedly used derogatory language about the race of the taxi cab driver while displaying a handgun in a dispute about the fare amount.” He left the cab thereafter. Plachecki was charged with reckless endangerment and menacing, both in the second degree, each which is an E-class felony, and remanded to Ulster County Jail until bail is posted.