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Friday 15 December 2017

Garda injured arresting thugs who hijacked taxi and tried to stab driver

The taxi is lodged between garda vehicles
The taxi is lodged between garda vehicles

A garda was last night being treated in hospital after suffering injuries while arresting two thugs suspected of hijacking a taxi.

The incident happened in Finglas in the early hours of yesterday and involved more than half a dozen garda cars and the Garda Air Support Unit pursuing the snatched vehicle.

The taxi driver also had a lucky escape after the two men attempted to stab him as they stole his car.

A 39-year-old man from Mulhuddart remained in custody at Finglas Garda Station last night while a 26-year-old from the Fairview area, who was also arrested, was being treated in hospital for serious injuries sustained during the incident.

At around 2.30am, gardai received a report that a taxi had been hijacked on Ballyboggan Road. A source said the driver picked up two males, who demanded he hand over the Toyota Avensis.

Lucky

"They pulled him by the seatbelt, pinning him into the seat," the source said.

"One pulled a knife and tried to stab the driver in the stomach. The knife didn't go through the jacket. The driver is lucky to be alive after he was nearly stabbed twice."

In a statement, gardai confirmed that the stolen vehicle was spotted on the M50 and was eventually stopped by officers at a cul-de-sac on Mellowes Crescent, Finglas.

A spokesman said one garda received an arm injury during the course of the arrest and is being treated at Connolly Hospital in Blanchardstown.

The officer suffered a large gash to the arm but is expected to make a full recovery.

Yesterday, the scene where the stolen car was stopped remained sealed off to allow a search. Members of the Garda Technical Bureau were carrying out a forensic examination.

One neighbour in Mellowes Crescent said: "There was a massive commotion. I originally believed that someone had been shot."

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