A driver illegally trolling for fares at LaGuardia Airport led Port Authority police on a chase through Terminal B before taking a header from the second-floor departure ramp onto a car below, officials said. Marco Morales-Carrillo, 32, was offering people “off-the-books” rides outside of Terminal B about 8:30pm on July 17, when a Port Authority cop overheard one of his pitches, officials said.

When the cop approached, Morales-Carrillo ran off into Terminal B. He raced up to the second level and back outside where cars drop people off for flights, police said. Then, in the middle of his escape, he jumped over a railing to the elevated roadway, falling one story onto a car below.

Despite damaging the roof of the car and a taillight, and suffering a serious head injury, Morales-Carrillo managed to roll off the vehicle onto the street and hobble off to his nearby 2016 Chevrolet Suburban that was being driven by his wife, Samar Abdallah. The two drove off but were caught soon after in a LaGuardia traffic snarl.

Police charged Morales-Carrillo with reckless endangerment, criminal mischief, resisting arrest, obstructing government administration and unlawful solicitation at a transportation facility. Abdallah was also charged with obstructing government administration, as well as criminal possession of marijuana and having an open container of alcohol in the vehicle.

Port Authority sources said Morales-Carrillo is not licensed by the Taxi and Limousine Commission – adding that this was the fourth time he has been arrested for trolling for fares at city airports. His most recent arrest was about a month ago on June 20, officials said.

Source: Daily News

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