Student Allegedly Stole Taxi, Punched Driver and Crashed


Urbana/Champaign- An University of Illinois student is no longer behind bars.

Thomas Hart, 21, stayed in jail for being accused of punching a taxi driver, stealing a cab and then crashing it into another car.

Police said, the taxi driver had taken him and two friends to a bar.

When the driver and the student's friends got out, Hart jumped in the driver's seat and took off. Then he collided with another car, whose occupants were briefly hospitalized.

Hart is charged with DUI, aggravated battery and possession of a stolen vehicle. He posted a $2,500 cash bond.


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