Just how far would you go to retrieve a stolen cellphone?
This week a New Orleans cab driver was caught on video chasing down the man who allegedly made off with his phone. Security camera video obtained by WWL-TV shows a man appear out of the shadows, running down Lafayette Street near Gallier Hall chased by a taxi cab.
Half way down the block, the cab plows into a line of orange cones and construction barricades and appears to bump the man.
The man regains his footing, the cabbie backs up and continues to give chase onto St. Charles Avenue near Lafayette Square.
We showed the video to folks on the street who called the cabbie's actions reckless and a bit extreme.
"I personally think that it's a little bit of an overreaction, but then again, it's not my phone," Chaz Ward, a visitor from Philadelphia said. "Everybody reacts differently to things like this."
"No, it's not justified," construction worker Levi Smith said. "Maybe he should have called the police or whatever. I don't know. That's crazy."
According to the NOPD, the chase was spurred by a disturbance between a cab driver and a man who asked to use the cab driver's phone.
"When the cab driver loaned his phone to the individual, he ran off with it," an NOPD spokesman said. "The cab driver chased the man and retrieved the phone. The cab driver did not wish to press charges and both individuals were allowed to leave the scene."
The chase happened around 5:40, Wednesday morning.
The unidentified cab driver reportedly drove the wrong way down St. Charles in pursuit of the suspected phone thief.
"You're talking about potentially hurting other people, destroying municipal property, destroying other people's property, potentially succeeding in hitting the guy," New Orleans resident Jess Vojt said. "Just file an insurance claim, right."
The investigation into this incident remains active according to the NOPD.
Police say if they determine laws were violated, appropriate charges will be filed.