Carjacking Fail: Gunman Can't Drive a Stick
Police arrest teen suspect
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Jun 20, 2013 7:24 PM CDT
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(Newser) – If carjacking is your line of business, it's probably a good idea to learn how to drive a stick shift. Police near Pensacola, Florida, say a woman stopped her car when flagged down by three teen girls last month, reports WEAR-TV. But once she did, police say Antoren Bell approached the car, pulled a gun, ordered her out, and tried to drive off, with the girls in the backseat. When he realized it was a manual transmission, he instead told everyone to get out and ran away. The would-be victim ID'd a suspect from a photo lineup, and cops have since charged the 19-year-old in the would-be carjacking, reports the Pensacola News Journal.

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crankydude
Jun 22, 2013 11:09 AM CDT
I took lessons and couldn't learn to smoothly engage first gear or reverse. Once out of those gears I had no problem. In the army they wanted me to drive a truck for a detail but when I told them they tried me out in a jeep and ended up believing me. According to Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bugatti_Veyron the Boughati Veyron super sport has 16 cylinders, 1184hp, top speed of 267mph, sells for $2,700,000 and has a 7 speed AUTOMATIC transmission. Go figure.
$3586407
Jun 22, 2013 9:33 AM CDT
I took a car with a stick shift to a valet in Chicago. Dude couldn't drive it. I was astonished they let someone do that job without that capability
tran_tor
Jun 21, 2013 12:53 PM CDT
In addition to being an anti-theft device, 'standard' transmissions also serve well as a fuel saver, transmission maintenance discount, and a $1000 dollar off coupon at purchase.