Soldier steals armored vehicle, takes it on joyride through Central Virginia

Viral       by Nozair Hanif Mirza | Published

Viral by Nozair Hanif Mirza | Published

An American Army National Guard officer took an Armored Personnel Carrier (APC) on Virginia's major highway on Tuesday, prompting police to conduct hours-long chase of the driver who was under the influence of drugs.

New details are emerging of the soldier accused of stealing an armored vehicle from a military base and leading police on a wild chase through Central Virginia Tuesday night. Two years later, he became an executive officer engineer before becoming and company commander engineer in 2016. The vehicle's maximum speed during the trip was about 40 miles per hour, the police said.

CBS reported Yabut was deployed to Afghanistan in 2008 an 2009, and that he was arrested without incident. Minutes after police said they began their pursuit, Yabut posted a photo and video of himself in what appears to be the stolen vehicle. Hill said he had driven it mostly on interstate highways at speeds that topped around 45 miles per hour.

Oliver stated there's no indication that anyone other than the driver was injured during the incident, and no crashes occurred during the chase. He had his personal weapon with him during the pursuit but did not have ammunition, the Guard said.

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Virginia National Guard Soldier Joshua Philip Yabut was not authorized to drive an armored personnel carrier off Fort Pickett to any location, for any reason. The M577 armored personnel carrier, the property of the Virginia National Guard, was not equipped with weaponry.

In his court appearance, Yabut said the National Guard was his only source of income. She said she could not confirm witness accounts that police used a Taser on the driver after he stopped the vehicle. He is being held in Richmond City Jail, officials said.

Local media said when the man got out he was attacked by a police dog and tasered.

Residents in the Richmond, Virginia, reported seeing a unusual sight Tuesday night: a stolen "tank" being chased by dozens of police vehicles.

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