Carjacker Need Not Drive

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - An appellate court says a person
doesn't need to drive a commandeered vehicle to be convicted of
carjacking in Florida.

The 1st District Court of Appeal on Thursday rejected Joseph
Williams' claim he couldn't be guilty in two Gadsen County cases
because state law defines carjacking as "the taking of a motor
vehicle."

Courts records show in one instance he jumped into a taxi,
pulled out a knife and ordered the cabbie to drive. In another, he
got into a woman's back seat and also ordered her to drive.

The appellate court ruled it's enough for a defendant to
"obtain control over the driver of the vehicle through force or
violence, threats of force or violence, or by putting the driver in
fear."

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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