Man (24) arrested after taxi hijacking in Dublin

Passenger threatened driver with object that he claimed was a gun before stealing taxi

A man (24) has been arrested following a taxi hijacking in Dublin on Tuesday morning. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

A man (24) has been arrested following a taxi hijacking in Dublin on Tuesday morning. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

 

A man (24) has been arrested following the hijacking of a taxi in Dublin on Tuesday morning.

The incident occurred at the junction between the South Circular Road and Donore Avenue at about 2.40am.

A male taxi driver (43) picked up a passenger on the Crumlin Road, who told him to drive towards Dolphin’s Barn.

The passenger then threatened the driver with an object, which he said was a gun, and told him to pull over and hand over his car keys.

The driver gave him the keys and the passenger drove off in the taxi.

The car was recovered on Kylemore Avenue in Ballyfermot a short time later.

A 24-year-old man was arrested and taken to Sundrive Garda station following the incident, where he is being held under Section 30 of the Offences Against the State Act.