Thieves hijack car of elderly Cork taxi driver

A man has been arrested following an assault of a taxi driver and the hijack of his car in Cork.

The incident occurred at 1.30am last night when a taxi driver, aged in his early 70s, picked up two men at Dillon's Cross.

While heading in the direction of Cork city centre, the driver was threatened, and then assaulted.

The offenders removed the driver from the vehicle at a service station on the Carrigohane Straight and drove off in the car.

They subsequently crashed at Lower Killeens in Blarney a short time later.

One man was arrested at the scene, while the other fled the scene on foot.

The arrested man, aged in his early 30s, is currently detained at Gurranbraher Garda Station under sect 4 Criminal Justice Act.

The taxi driver was taken to Cork University Hospital with a facial injury and released a short time later.

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