Joyride in Carjacked Taxi Ends With Crash

By Dan Stamm
|  Wednesday, Dec 11, 2013  |  Updated 10:53 AM EDT
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A carjacking ended with a crash overnight in the city's Wynnefield section. The cabbie who was carjacked was not injured but police are still searching for the suspect.

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A carjacking ended with a crash overnight in the city's Wynnefield section. The cabbie who was carjacked was not injured but police are still searching for the suspect.

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A stop for gas ended in a carjacking for a city cabdriver this morning.

Philadelphia Police said the unidentified All City Taxi driver was pumping gas at the Hess station at Broad and Bainbridge Streets just a short distance from Philadelphia’s Avenue of the Arts around 2:30 a.m. when a suspect pushed the driver away, jumped into the cab and drove off.

Luckily the cabbie wasn’t hurt but the damage would be done to property at the end of the carjacker’s nearly 7-mile drive across the city.

An officer on duty spotted the cab driving along the 5400 block of Diamond Street in the Overbrook section of the city and gave chase, according to Philadelphia Police.

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The suspect then crashed the taxi around 65th and Diamond Streets. Before fleeing the scene, the joyrider crashed the cab into a parked SUV and a tree before coming to a rest against a fence along the snow-covered street.

The suspect is described as a man standing about 5-foot-7-inches tall who was wearing a black jacket and red hoodie.

Anyone with information on the incident should contact Philadelphia Police.

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