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CAUGHT ON CAMERA: Police chase armored vehicle stolen from Virginia National Guard

08 June 2018, 08:38 | Devin Moran

Viral by Nozair Hanif Mirza | Published

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No bond was set.

Joshua Philip Yabut, 29, of Richmond, was charged with getting away with a police vehicle in an unauthorized manner, the Virginia National Guard said in a news release. No one was injured.

The suspect, a company commander, tweeted during the incident.

A spokesman for the Virginia National Guard denied Yabut's claim.

Parker Slaybaugh (great name), the communications Director for Virginia House Speaker Kirk Cox, was presumably minding his own business when a wild police chase - featuring what looked very much like a tank - roared past his house on Wednesday night.

Yabut was a developer in the project's early stages, and he "intentionally made public a method" of attacking the system, which was a "vulnerability" that he coded in, according to the statement. "Cotton" Puryear says is not true. The report did not specify if the driver is a first lieutenant or second lieutenant. He also previously worked for NASA.

A tank-like armoured personnel carrier was taken from a U.S. national guard base near Richmond, Virginia, and driven into the city, 95km away.

After multiple attempts to communicate with the vehicle's driver, the APC came to a stop near Children's Hospital of Richmond.

In his court appearance, Yabut said the National Guard was his only source of income.

No one was injured in the chase and there were no crashes related to it, State Police said. Police said Yabut exited the vehicle and got down on his knees, but did not comply with officers' commands and was tased.

Yabut is being held at the Richmond jail.

Yabut was taken into custody in downtown Richmond just before 10 p.m. Tuesday, WTVR reported.

The vehicle has been returned to Fort Pickett with no significant damage.

Police are investigating the incident and charges were pending as of Tuesday evening.

"The Virginia State Police began pursuit of the vehicle since receiving the initial report and traveled along with it from Nottoway County to the City of Richmond", said Corrine Geller, Virginia State Police spokesperson.

Officers in the Virginia State Police probably couldn't believe their ears when they received the call - a tank-like military vehicle had been spotted speeding down an interstate highway.

When it finally stopped, a man who had been at the wheel was arrested.

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