A young Plymouth woman who was saved by a city cabbie has revealed her terrifying experience with a rogue taxi driver who grabbed her as she got out of the car.
Police are investigating after hero cabbie Tony Kearney had to race to the teenager’s rescue when a fellow driver tried to pick her up, then refused to let her out and allegedly grabbed her leg as she finally escaped his vehicle.
According to the Plymouth Herald, the 18-year-old had booked a cab from Pryzm nightclub to take her back to her home in Woolwell at 1am on a recent Sunday. She checked with the driver of a cab that had pulled up outside and hopped in after she gave her name and he confirmed he was there for her.
But the horrified teen then received a phone call while in the car from the genuine driver - who had seen the whole thing unfold and urged her to get out.
When the student, who wants to remain anonymous, asked the driver to stop he refused.
But concerned Tony kept her on the phone and raced to her rescue - as the youngster finally escaped the vehicle as her driver “grabbed” her.
She said: “We weren’t even out of the car park when I got the call. I thought he was joking until he told me to turn around and I saw him in the car behind me.
“When I realised that my driver wasn’t going to pull over I was really scared but Tony stayed on the phone to me the whole time and was following us in his car.
“Eventually he told the driver that he would call the police if he did not pull over and this is when he stopped.
“As I went to get out he grabbed my leg just above my knee and begged me not to take down his details. He even put his hands together in a praying motion and just said please, please, please. I finally got out of the car and within minutes Tony arrived and got me.”
She added: “He asked me if I was ok and told me that I was safe now. He took me home and I went straight to sleep. But the next day I told my mum and we called the police."
The young woman said that she was extremely thankful to Mr Kearney for supporting her throughout the ordeal.
The heroic driver, 52, told The Herald that he became “very frightened” when he noticed that the driver had also taken the wrong turning towards Woolwell.
“I was so worried. At the end of the day that is someone’s daughter and I couldn’t leave her.
“Once she got into the cab I made sure that she was safe and took her straight home.”
The police confirmed they are investigating the incident and that they will be checking the CCTV in the area.