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Carjacked Vancouver taxi erupts in flames following crash

Scott Brown

(Postmedia Network/Files)

(Postmedia Network/Files)

It was like a scene out of Grand Theft Auto.

Vancouver police have a man in custody after a Tuesday night carjacking that ended with a taxi bursting in flames.

The incident started at 7:15 p.m. when a man hailed a Black Top Taxi at West Hastings Street and Carrall Street. Police say he jumped into the taxi, assaulted the driver, forced him out of the van and then sped off in the stolen cab.

Minutes later, police received a report of a taxi speeding towards east Vancouver over the Georgia Viaduct followed by another report of a collision between a taxi and another vehicle at the intersection of Clark Drive and Venables Street.

When police arrived, they found the taxi in flames and a citizen holding a man, suspected of being the car thief, on the ground.

Vancouver police say following the accident, the thief attempted to carjack another vehicle that was stopped at red light.

"The driver of that vehicle, a 40-year-old woman from North Vancouver, was not injured, but was extremely shaken up in the ordeal," VPD Staff Sgt. Randy Fincham said in a release.

Fincham says a 34-year-old man from Burnaby was arrested and is potentially facing charges for robbery.