In an update on the bizarre story of a soldier who heisted an armored vehicle from a Virginia National Guard base and led police on a two-hour chase, the individual has been charged with driving under the influence.
29-year-old Joshua Philip Yabut had his moment of viral internet and social media glory but now must face the music for his actions and it’s going to be a sad, slow blues song.
The incident took place when Yabut drove the vehicle (which was first misidentified as a tank) off of Fort Pickett and then around 60 miles until he was arrested in the streets of Richmond.
Yabut at first said that he was ordered to take a ride in the vehicle but that was quickly shot down
A National Guard soldier faces charges of driving under the influence of drugs and eluding police after authorities say he drove an armored personnel carrier in a two-hour police chase through Virginia. https://t.co/Alb6v5wEhL
— WJZ | CBS Baltimore (@wjz) June 6, 2018
According to Baltimore CBS affiliate WJZ-13 “Soldier Who Led Police On Chase In Armored Vehicle Charged With DUI”:
A Virginia National Guard soldier faces charges of driving under the influence of drugs and eluding police after authorities say he drove an armored military vehicle in a two-hour police chase through Virginia on Tuesday night.
Police pursued the M577 armored personnel carrier along Route 460 and Interstate 95 before the chase ended with the driver’s arrest in downtown Richmond.
The vehicle was taken from Fort Pickett, a National Guard base in Blackstone, Virginia, shortly before 8 p.m. The vehicle can only drive a maximum speed of about 40 mph and wasn’t equipped with any weaponry.
Joshua Philip Yabut, 29, of Richmond, was arrested for driving under the influence of drugs, and charged him with one felony count of eluding police and one felony count of unauthorized use of a vehicle, the Virginia National Guard said.
The Virginia National Guard said the unit was doing routine training when Yabut allegedly drove away in the vehicle. He had his personal weapon with him during the pursuit but did not have ammunition, the Guard said. He is being held in Richmond City Jail, officials said.
The vehicle has been returned to Fort Pickett with no significant damage, officials said.
According to reports, Yabut’s rank is first lieutenant but that is likely to change soon after he is busted down for his excursion.