Accused driver of tank-like vehicle is DePaul grad — CRAZY CHASE

  • Accused driver of tank-like vehicle is DePaul grad — CRAZY CHASE

Accused driver of tank-like vehicle is DePaul grad — CRAZY CHASE

Two years later, he became an executive officer engineer before becoming and company commander engineer in 2016.

Almost two hours after the chase began, the suspect drove the tracked vehicle up onto a median and was promptly surrounded by law enforcement.

Police say that's where the adult male soldier finally surrendered.

Court documents said Yabut was glassy-eyed and disoriented when he was taken into custody.

Yabut, who spoke to The Associated Press from a psychiatric hospital, said the only drug he has taken recently is a low dose of Lexapro for anxiety.

A stolen armored personnel carrier drives through Richmond, Va., on Tuesday.

Numerous videos of the chase - which lasted almost two hours - appeared on social media with many observers shocked by the scene. No bond was set. No one was injured.

Yabut's lawyer did not respond to several phone messages and emails seeking comment. The vehicle is the property of the Virginia National Guard, and was never equipped with a weapon. He is a former member of the Illinois National Guard and deployed with them to Afghanistan from 2008-2009. "Cotton" Puryear says is not true. He also previously worked for NASA.

Joshua Philip Yabut is accused of stealing a M577 armored personnel carrier from Fort Pickett on Tuesday.

Dozens of state troopers were said to be in pursuit of the vehicle at the time of the chase.

Police cars can be seen trailing the vehicle as it cruised down Broad Street, according to a bystander's video posted on Twitter. Authorities haven't said how the soldier was able to make off with the armored carrier.

The base is used for National Guard training.

The man, who has not been identified, is being held in custody pending charges. It could not immediately be determined if he has an attorney.

The police said they "traveled along with it" to Richmond.

Yabut was charged with with driving under the influence of drugs, felony eluding police, and felony unauthorized use of a vehicle. The driver reached speeds of roughly 40 miles per hour, police said.

The vehicle reached speeds of 40 miles per hour as it traveled on state routes and interstates 85 and 95.