Exclusive: Carjackers tried to stab driver but jacket 'saved his life'
A garda has been hospitalised with arm injuries after a taxi was hijacked overnight and then driven at speed across North Dublin.
At approximately 2.30am gardaí received a report that a taxi was hijacked on Ballyboggan Road.
A source said the driver picked up two males who demanded that he hand over the Toyota Avensis.
"They pulled him by the seatbelt pinning him into the seat, one pulled a knife and tried to stab the driver in the stomach.
"The knife didn't go through the jacket," said the source. "The driver is lucky to be alive after he was nearly stabbed twice."
In a statement gardaí confirmed that the stolen vehicle was spotted on the M50 and was eventually stopped by Gardaí at a cul de sac on Mellows Crescent, Finglas.
A spokesman confirmed that one Garda received an arm injury during the course of the arrest and is being treated at Connolly Hospital Blanchardstown.
Independent.ie has learned that the officer suffered a large gash to their arm. They are expected to make a full recovery.
Two men, one in his 20s and one in his 30s, were arrested at the scene.
They are both detained at Finglas Garda Station under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act 1984.
One neighbour in Mellowes Crescent described waking up to the noise of squad cars and shouting.
"There was a massive commotion. I originally believed that someone had been shot."
Locals in Finglas described waking up to the noise on social media:
@gardainfo any idea wat the hell just happened in finglas, think 90% of d area just got awoken by helicopters & unreal amount of police cars— A.C (@lilmizzirish) August 29, 2017
Whats happening in Finglas? Was woken by the sound of police cars and now a helicopter flying around— emma (@ImATree_) August 29, 2017
I'm up in 3 hours and there's a poxy garda chase in finglas â¹ at least turn your sirens off they know they're been chases...— Han â¨ (@Hannahbyrneee) August 29, 2017
Literally 10 Garda cars after going full pelt up the Finglas road with a helicopter🤔— Sean Brennan (@SeanBrennan_7) August 29, 2017
Trust my luck to be the one night Im struggling to get asleep that half the gardai in ireland seem to have something to be doing in finglas— SeÃ¡n Farrell (@Seanfarrell97) August 29, 2017