Five French tourists got a harrowing start to their New York visit: a wild police chase.
Authorities say the visitors mistakenly followed a hustler to an unlicensed van at Kennedy Airport.
A policeman reached through the window to take the keys. But the driver sped off, knocking the officer to the ground. Other police gave chase.
Esther-Ethy Mamane of Paris told the New York Post that she and her fellow passengers "screamed and prayed."
She says it was "like something from a film."
The van sped along a highway and residential streets, hitting a gate and a truck. The suspects jumped out while the van was still moving. Officers, with guns drawn, quickly arrested them.
One passenger suffered an arm injury.