Authorities say a soldier stole an armored personnel carrier from a Virginia National Guard base and led police on a more than 60-mile chase before being arrested. State Police Sgt. Keeli Hill the suspect took the vehicle Tuesday evening from Fort Pickett. She says the chase ended in Richmond when he abandoned it and was taken into custody near City Hall.
The male suspect was Tased for failing to follow troopers’ commands. Sources say he was transported to VCU Medical Center with minor injuries.
Authorities haven’t identified the driver or said how he was able to take the vehicle from the facility in Nottoway County. Sources told WTVR the suspect is a Virginia Army National Guard Lieutenant and a commander with an engineering battalion at Fort Pickett.
Hill says he had driven it mostly on interstate highways at speeds that topped out at around 45 mph. No accidents were reported. Police say charges are pending.
This is INSANE! Someone has hijacked a “Tank-like” vehicle from Fort Pickett and just drove it by our apartment! This is on Broad Street in the Fan. pic.twitter.com/EYfhFux1dk
— Parker Slaybaugh (@ParkerSlay89) June 6, 2018