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Drunken Tractor Heist

July 8th, 2009 12:21pm by stultzie

BERLIN (Reuters) – A drunk German sparked a slow-speed police chase after stealing a tractor to get home from a nightclub after his girlfriend left without him, said police, who used pepper spray to try to stop the vehicle.

“After his girlfriend abandoned him in a night club, the 23-year-old driver, who doesn’t own a license, commandeered the vehicle to make his way home,” a police spokesman said on Monday.

Six police cars began trailing the tractor, which was chugging along at 20 km (12 miles) an hour, after they were alerted to the theft at about 5 a.m. Saturday.

Officers tried holding up stop signs and directing pepper spray through the open window to bring the driver to a halt.

They then tried unsuccessfully to end his getaway by throwing nail belts on the road, but the tractor’s tires proved too thick, said the police spokesman.

The 40-minute chase finally came to an end when officers shot at the tractor’s tires after it rammed into a police car and collided with another vehicle.

I love so many things about this article. Firstly, I get a kick out of the thrill of being young, drunk and German. Makes me feel, ohhh I don’t know, proud to be German? Yeah, I’ll go with that.

Secondly, I love the progression of  tactics used to bring the operator to  a halt:

  1. They tried holding up stop signs… seriously? HE STOLE A TRACTOR so you wave stop signs at him? So good.
  2. Clearly time for the pepper spray when that fails…through the open window. Skills.
  3. Booby trap the road with nail belts…obviously just for shits and giggles
  4. before  shooting the tires…


And all this at 12mph.

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