Virginia Soldier Steals Armored Personnel Carrier

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Fort Pickett, Virginia– First Lieutenant Joshua Philip Yabut, 29, led Virginia State Police on a 40 mph chase for about 60 miles before being captured by police. Which wouldn’t be newsworthy except that the vehicle he was driving was an armored troop carrier from the Virginia National Guard at Fort Pickett. And it doesn’t have tires, it has tracks, which is why it didn’t go over 40 mph. This Virginia soldier really pressed his luck.

Yabut was charged with driving under the influence of drugs in addition to being charged with felony counts of eluding police and unauthorized use of a vehicle. He surrendered to police, which is a good thing. Fortunately, the troop carrier does not have weapons, or he could have met a fatal end.

“This is INSANE! Someone has hijacked a ‘Tank-like’ vehicle from Fort Pickett and just drove it by our apartment!” Twitter user

OK, for the record, it’s an armored personnel carrier, not a tank. But it sort of does look like one, at least to civilians.

Joshua Yabut is/was a company commander in the Virginia National Guard, and a former NASA employee, according to Heavy.com. He also posted some pictures from inside the vehicle during the “joyride.”

Note: Wu-Tang Clan is the name of a hiphop group that is patterned after fictional Shaolin and Wu-Tang rival martial arts groups in the movie  Shaolin. It is unclear what drug Yabut was taking.

Many people filmed the chase that spanned nearly two hours.

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