San Francisco police have 25-year-old Peter Russell in custody after he allegedly got drunk, jumped on a cab, stole the taxi, then led police on a brief chase before the cops fired shots at him.
On March 15 at about 4:30 a.m., police got a call that the suspect was jumping on the roof of a taxi cab. When the admittedly scared driver got out of the car to flee the jumping man, the suspect hopped inside the cab and sped away.
Using GPS, police tracked the cab to the area of Jackson and Spruce streets where officers indeed spotted the taxi -- and Russell in it. According to police, as the officers approached, Russell allegedly made a u-turn and drove the stolen cab directly at the cops and their patrol vehicles.
The officers leaped out of the path of the speeding taxi, and one officer fired his gun at Russell, said Officer Gordon Shyy. Nobody was injured.
The driver also hit one of the patrol vehicles as it fled the area. Police again tracked down the taxi using GPS, and found the abandoned cab in the Fort Mason area near Octavia and Bay Streets.
Russell was located nearby and arrested without incident. Russell was booked into San Francisco County Jail on the following charges: carjacking, assault with a deadly weapon against a police officer and driving while under the influence.