Police chase stolen armored vehicle around Richmond

Howard TerryJun 08, 2018

A spokesman for the Virginia National Guard, A. A.

Yabut then headed north on Interstate 95 before entering Richmond, according to police. The driver reached speeds of roughly 40 miles per hour, police said. Along with the M133, these armored personnel carriers are in the process of getting phased out of U.S. Army service, and they mostly exist in National Guard units along with other dated machinery.

The chase garnered major social media attraction, and even merchandise of the "Richmond Tank-Thing" is now available. Police were in pursuit of Yabut during most of his trip along Route 460, Interstate 85, Interstate 95, and Broad Street.

Kayleigh, a bystander, told local TV network WWBT: "Honestly it kinda reminds me of the Grand Theft Auto games where the tanks drive just in the middle of the city, it's surreal". Virginia State Police said the vehicle traveled at a maximum speed of about 40 miles per hour.

"I didn't want to do it, but I believed it was a lawful order, and as a commissioned officer I was required to do so", Yabut said.

Someone has hijacked a tank-like vehicle from Fort Pickett and just drove it by our apartment!'

State police made numerous attempts to contact the driver during the pursuit. No crashes or injuries were reported.

Authorities have not identified the driver or said how he was able to take the vehicle from the facility in Nottoway County.

Crime insider sources said the suspect, whose name has not been released, is a Virginia Army National Guard Lieutenant and lives in the Fan area of Richmond. The vehicle wasn't equipped with any weapons, but Yabut had his personal weapon with him, apparently unloaded.

"We are extremely grateful that there were no injuries as a result of this incident", Maj.

The base is used for National Guard training. "We have initiated our own internal investigation, and we will determine appropriate actions once the investigation is complete".

CBS reported Yabut was deployed to Afghanistan in 2008 an 2009, and that he was arrested without incident.

Yabut is being held at the Richmond jail.

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