JACKSON COUNTY, OR — A suspect who took LSD thought he was playing a real-life version of Grand Theft Auto when he stole a car and led deputies on a 40-mile high-speed chase through several towns in Oregon, according to police.
Two county deputies arrested a drunk driver along Oregon 66, and were awaiting a tow for his vehicle. That’s when 23-year-old Anthony J. Clark got out of the passenger side of a nearby pickup truck, informed a deputy that he was stealing the car, got inside the 2003 Toyota Camry, and drove off.
During the wild ride, Clark crashed into chain link fences, ran over spike strips — twice — and drove the wrong way down several roads.
Finally, a patrol car managed to bump the rear of the vehicle and cause Clark to wreck in Medford. Clark then reportedly attempted to hit a patrol car before fleeing on foot and running into a mobile home park — where he was arrested trying to steal another car.
Amazingly, no one was hurt during Clark’s escapade.
Clark admitted to police that he had used drugs, and police say he was hallucinating during the interview, according to an arrest affidavit.
Clark has been hit with a string of charges including driving under the influence of intoxicants, second-degree criminal mischief, third-degree escape, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, attempting to elude a police officer, possession of a stolen motor vehicle, unlawful entry into a motor vehicle, interfering with a police officer, reckless endangering, reckless driving, and offensive littering.
But Clark’s case was not the only drug-fueled, Grand Theft Auto–style car chase making headlines recently: In an unrelated incident, Virginia National Guard Soldier Joshua Philip Yabut was arrested after he allegedly stole a M577 armored personnel carrier from Fort Pickett on Tuesday — and tweeted photos and videos of himself while joyriding inside the vehicle.
Yabut, 29, was charged with driving under the influence of drugs, felony eluding police, and felony unauthorized use of a vehicle after allegedly driving the carrier with police in pursuit for 60 miles.
Yabut, a first lieutenant assigned as the commander of the Petersburg-based Headquarters Company, 276th Engineer Battalion was reportedly posting photos and videos to Twitter while inside the carrier.
Virginia National Guard spokesperson Cotton Puryear stated that Yabut’s unit was “conducting routine training” when he drove away in the carrier.
Police pursued Yabut along Interstate 85 and Interstate 95 to downtown Richmond, where the chase ended. Virginia State Police are investigating the incident.
“We are extremely grateful that there were no injuries as a result of this incident, and we appreciate the great work of the Virginia State Police, Richmond Police Department and other law enforcement and first responders who safely brought this situation to a close,” Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia said, according to CBS News 6.
“We have initiated our own internal investigation, and we will determine appropriate actions once the investigation is complete.”
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Main photo: Anthony Clark [Jackson County]