Van carjacked by man in wheelchair

March 17, 2008 9:45:18 AM PDT
A man in a wheelchair outside of San Francisco International Airport's Terminal 1 this morning carjacked a hotel van for a short joyride, airport Duty Manager John Ginty said.

A hotel van carrying about 14 people stopped at the terminal at about 5:30 a.m., Ginty said. The van's driver exited the vehicle to unload bags for nine crewmembers exiting the van, Ginty said.

With the driver's seat empty, a man in a wheelchair rode across a crosswalk, got out of the chair and into the driver's seat, Ginty said.

The suspect drove the van around the upper terminal twice with four remaining passengers on board, then abandoned the vehicle, according to Ginty.

Airport officials have not apprehended the suspect. No injuries were reported.