Virginia man leads police on hour-long chase in armored vehicle

Virginia man leads police on hour-long chase in armored vehicle

Virginia man leads police on hour-long chase in armored vehicle

An armored military vehicle, looking like a tank, but without the weaponry, was taken Tuesday night from a military installation in Virginia, and pursued over main roads to Richmond.

More video sent to WRIC shows the armored vehicle racing down Broad Street in Richmond as police give chase.

Police chased it for about two hours at speeds as high as 40 mph before the driver stopped and surrendered near Richmond City Hall. "The military vehicle - which is not equipped with any weaponry and is NOT a tank - was driven east on Route 460 at a maximum speed of about 40 miles per hour", state police said.

The Army National Guard officer accused of stealing an armored vehicle says it was part of a training exercise and that he had the authority to take it. In a briefing near the scene, police said the teenager shot his dad in the head, killing him, then shot his mom, who got another gun and returned fire. There were no injuries or accidents related to the pursuit. The "tank commander" was taken into custody after getting out of the APC and was tased for failing to follow police commands, then taken to the hospital for minor injuries.

One person on Twitter said: "Driving down Broad Street in Richmond".

"It just seemed like something out of a movie", he said. He is being held at the Richmond City Jail.

"Charges are pending", said Corrine Geller, Virginia State Police spokesperson.

"Someone has hijacked a "Tank-like" vehicle from Fort Pickett and just drove it by our apartment!" Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia, said, WTVR reported.

Police tasered the suspect, who was identified as a military soldier, Virginia State Police spokeswoman Keeli Hill said during a news conference.

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

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