Soldier Driving Stolen APC in Virginia Arrested!
Virginia police chase stolen armored personnel carrier for more than 60 miles, soldier arrested!
A solider stole an armored personnel carrier from a Virginia National Guard base and led authorities on more than a 60-mile chase before being arrested in the state’s capital city on Tuesday, officials said.
“Virginia State Police said in a news release the incident began around 7:50 p.m., when the armored personnel carrier was driven away from Fort Pickett in Nottoway County. The military vehicle, which moves on tracks similar to a tank, was not equipped with any weaponry and is the property of the Virginia National Guard.
After being stolen from Fort Pickett, state police said the personnel carrier was driven east on Route 460 and then north on Interstate 95, hitting a maximum speed of about 40 mph as authorities pursued the vehicle.
State police began pursuit of the vehicle after receiving the initial report and traveled along with it from Nottoway County to the Richmond. There were no crashes or injuries involving the vehicle during the pursuit, Virginia State Police Public Relations Director Corinne N. Geller said in a statement.”
The chase ended when the driver abandoned the personnel carrier around 9:40 p.m. and was taken into custody near City Hall. The suspect is a Virginia Army National Guard Lieutenant and a commander with an engineering battalion at Fort Pickett, WTVR reported.
Charges are pending, according to state police, who added the incident remains under investigation.