DARIEN, Conn. (AP) _ Police in Connecticut have charged an investment banker with a hate crime in connection with a dispute with a taxi driver over the fare for a trip from New York City to his home in Darien.

The Advocate of Stamford reports  that 47-year-old Morgan Stanley executive William Jennings was charged Wednesday with assault, theft of services and intimidation based on race or bigotry.
Police say Jennings refused to pay the $200 fare, threatened the driver and used racial slurs in December. He’s free on $9,500 bail.

Jennings denies the allegations. His lawyer says when Jennings disputed the fare, the driver abducted him in an attempt to return to New York and Jennings accidentally injured the cabbie with a pen knife in a struggle before jumping out of the taxi.
Information from: The Advocate, http://www.stamfordadvocate.com

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

  1. Whatnot says:

    Hostage escapes kidnapper. Then gets charged with hate crime for calling kidnapper names. The DPD is going to have a hard time justifying the cabbie’s wild ride and holding the banker hostage. Plus the original description of driveway and stabbing as both near the Darien railroad station. Then switched to the real locations. Several miles apart. Plus the fare. Which the DPD originally described as “more than $100.” Then switched to an exact amount. Did the DPD help the cabbie make his stories more consistent? The DPD’s entire case rests on the supposed impossibility of a cabbie putting his arm through the divider opening. If it is not impossible then they will all go down.

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