Man arrested after terrifying car hijacking incident that ended in Portlaoise
Portlaoise was at the centre of a terrifying ordeal for a Limerick motorist who was forced to drive his car at knifepoint to the Laois town this week.
Gardaí issued a statement about the incident which began in Limerick and ended in Tallaght via Portlaoise.
"At around 5pm, a man was sitting in his car in the O’Malley Park area of Limerick when he was asked for a lift by a man, which he agreed to.
"At some stage during the journey the passenger threatened the driver with what is believed to be a knife and demanded he drive him to Portlaoise.
"The driver managed to jump from the car as they approached a petrol station in Portlaoise. He received minor injuries but did not require medical treatment at the time," said the statement.
Gardaí added that the driver immediately reported the matter to Gardaí and following an investigation a man, aged in his late 20s, was arrested in Tallaght shortly after 9pm.
The guards say he was brought to Roxboro Road Garda Station where he was detained under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act, 1984 and has since been charged. He was due to appear before Kilmallock District Court on April 6 .