Taxi driver survives joyrider smash

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A taxi driver whose cab was rammed by joyriders said he can’t understand why some youths are intent on “ruining peoples lives”

Thornhill Taxi’s cabbie, Alfie Johnstone, suffered head and arm injuries and had to be cut free from his cab when it was mown off the road at Ballyarnett on Sunday morning.

Three men were later arrested, two by Gardai in Donegal and one in Derry.

Mr Johnstone, one of the 12 taxi drivers who helped deliver the City of Culture programme of events last Thursday, said he feared for his life as the incident unfolded.

“There was just an explosion of noise on my left hand side and the car rolled a few times.

“I think I hit my head then.

“I was knocked out and I can’t really remember much after that.

“They hit the back corner of the car where the wheel is and knocked the axel about 50 yards down the road.

“If they had hit me on the front or the middle of the car it would have been a lot more serious.”

He said he just could not understand what would drive someone to ram another car. “I don’t know what these guys are thinking about.

“This is a great city of ours.

“They are out stealing cars and ruining people’s lives. Why can’t they just be normal.”

The incident took place at Racecourse Road at around 3.45am on Saturday.

Both the PSNI and Fire Service personnel were tasked to the scene where they found Mr Johnstone trapped in his vehicle.

The driver of the other vehicle, which had been reported stolen in Bridgend earlier, had fled the scene.

The man arrested in Derry in connection with the incident was later released pending further enquiries.