Two of the French tourists and Port Authority coppers
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Operators of an unauthorized New York airport van service that took five French tourists on a high speed chase in an attempt to evade police have been charged with unlawful imprisonment.
Tuesday, the operators of the van service — Khaalif Preacher, 27, and Ian L. McFarlane, 57 — were approached by police for “hustling” travelers outside the Air France terminal at John F. Kennedy International Airport, prosecutors said.
Preacher, the van’s driver, and McFarlane drove off, ignoring pleas by the tourists to be let out, prosecutors said. Police followed the van “in a marked vehicle with their lights flashing and sirens blaring,” prosecutors said.
The van swerved through traffic, sped though stop signs and red lights, and traveled at speeds of 60 miles per hour on crowded residential streets, prosecutors said.
The men were also charged with assault, reckless endangerment, and resisting arrest. If convicted, they face up to seven years in prison.
This is a double-har!
The tourists for probably trying to save a buck from the exorbitant prices charged by airport hacks in metro NYC. The hustlers for trying to get away from radio-equipped coppers and beaucoup cars to block them sooner or later.