01/31/2014

Paraplegic man steals car, leads Fla. pursuit

Police say a salesman helped the man into the car, but once inside,the suspect locked the doors

Associated Press

OCALA, Fla. — Police say a paraplegic man stole a vehicle from a Florida dealership before leading officers on a brief pursuit.

He was arrested a short time later Wednesday when Alachua County Sheriff's deputies spotted him at a gas station.

The Ocala Star-Banner reports that police say the man went to Ford of Ocala to purchase a vehicle. A salesman showed him around and he decided on a white 2009 Pontiac G6.

Police say the salesman helped the man into the car so he could see how the car felt. But once inside, he locked the doors, turned on the vehicle and put the end of a folding cane on the gas pedal. He drove away.

The dealership notified police.

He faces a possible charge of grand theft auto.

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