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MAYWOOD, Ill. (STMW) — Gerald Ross was ordered out of a taxi when he started grating on the driver’s nerves, Cook County prosecutors said.

He eventually exited the vehicle late Monday night. But the 22-year-old South Side man jumped right back in and allegedly sped off with the cab.

The cab driver initially asked Ross out of the taxi because he was “unruly” in the backseat, prosecutors said. But he wouldn’t budge. So the cabbie drove to a River Grove Citgo gas station to seek an attendant’s help, authorities said.

That’s when Ross allegedly drove away with the car.

Ross was arrested after he crashed into four parked cars in the 3000 block of North Harlem in Chicago, prosecutors said. He allegedly tried to flee but a witness stopped him and held him until police arrived.

Ross, of the 5800 block of South Spaulding, was ordered held in lieu of $20,000 bail Wednesday for unlawful possession of a stolen motor vehicle, according to Andy Conklin, a spokesman with the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office.

He was also ordered held on $10,000 bail for violating. He’ll appear for a preliminary hearing in Maywood on May 4.

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