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Why three schoolgirls jumped from a moving 'robot' taxi in Kingston

Published:Saturday | May 9, 2015 | 5:36 AM
In this file photo illegal taxi operators park their vehicles along the roadway.

The Kingston Central Police are reporting that three girls from a Corporate Area high school reportedly jumped from a moving motor car on Thursday, as the driver, who was operating a 'robot' taxi tried to elude the police in downtown Kingston.

The driver, Fredrick Cameron, a 48-year-old taxi operator of a Kingston 16 address, was eventually caught and has since been arrested and charged with several breaches of the Road Traffic Act.

The police say the motor vehicle was seized yesterday.

The police say the three schoolgirls were passengers in the Honda Fit motorcar being operated by Cameron as an illegal taxi in downtown Kingston.

On the approach of the police, Cameron reportedly sped away, using roads unfamiliar to the teenagers as an escape route.

That's when the three teenagers reportedly jumped from the moving motorcar.

They were subsequently taken to the hospital by the police, where they were treated and released.

The police are once again appealing to members of the public to use only legal public passenger vehicles.

The police also say route taxis are illegal in the Kingston Metropolitan Area.