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Criminal Law Keyed to Ohlin
Street v. State
Citation:307 Md. 262 (1986)
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George Street was a taxi driver. He picked up Valerie McNeal. Upon arriving at her destination, the meter read $2.50. McNeal had $2.46 in change, a ten dollar bill, and a twenty dollar bill. She offered Street the ten dollar bill, but he refused, stating that the city ordinance doesn’t allow him to carry more than $5 in change. He also rejected McNeal’s suggestion that one or both of them obtain change at a nearby establishment. When McNeal attempted to get out of the car, the doors were locked and Street refused to unlock them. They argued for 25 minutes, with the meter running the whole time.
McNeal was able to obtain the assistance of a pedestrian, and the pedestrian persuaded Street to accept the ten dollar bill in payment of the far, which now amounted to $5.20. Street gave back $5 in change. Shortly after, police arrived and Street finally released McNeal from the car.
He was found guilty of false imprisonment and sentenced to one year imprisonment and a $500 fine.
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