Strength of Chevy Truck Saves Idiot Criminal

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Georgia police chase ends with a flipped, mangled Silverado. But thanks to the Chevy’s toughness, the truck thief lives to see another day.

Who wants to talk about the wildest car chases of the year? We have a story that certainly seems like a winner. This report from The Daily Mail features multiple good Samaritans, four stolen vehicles, and more than two hours of chaos.

It all started last week in Georgia, just outside of Atlanta, when officers got a call about a hit and run. A stolen box truck had plowed into a car, and then the driver took off. A pair of bystanders started chasing the truck and relayed the information to the police. After hitting a few more cars, the box truck was immobilized. When police arrived on the scene, the two good Samaritans had wrestled the driver to the ground and detained him.

And then things got crazy.

While handcuffed in the back of a police cruiser, the truck thief managed to get his hands in front of him, climb through the safety cage and then stole the police car. He hammered the throttle and took off. With GPS tracing, it was easy to track the cruiser, which was found minutes later at a golf course. The cop car was left abandoned when the driver decided to steal an old Ford truck. Then, a few minutes later, he swapped cars again, and stole an old Chevy Silverado from a Taco Bell.

All of this happened in a span of less than 20 minutes, while the perpetrator was still handcuffed. He may not be very smart, but this guy sure has some determination.

After jumping into the Chevy, the driver headed out onto the interstate. Thankfully the truck he stole had an iPad in it, so the truck’s owner started tracking the tablet, relaying that information to the Sheriff’s department. They caught the truck, and to prevent any more chaos and injuries, police used a PIT. The truck lost control, rolled and ended up sideways in the median.

In the end, police were able to catch this crook, and he escaped with some serious but not life-threatening injuries. We can’t say for certain, but our best bet is that if he was in a lesser truck or car and not a Chevy truck, he might not have survived that roll. Sadly, based on pictures, we don’t think that Silverado will see another day of good use.

Christian Moe contributes to many of Internet Brands' Auto blogs, including Corvette Forum, Club Lexus and Rennlist.

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