Man leads police on hour-long low-speed chase in stolen street sweeper
· Nov 19, 2021 ·


Because there's really not much else to do in Indiana...

This happened at 1:30 in the morning, so my best guess is this guy had been sitting at the bar for quite some time before deciding to hit up this construction site and drive off in a street sweeper.

Police said the driver, identified as Sammy H. Allen, 54 of Richmond, was reported to be swerving at people like he was trying to hit them and driving through residential yards…

Allen then led officers on a pursuit of very low speeds of 10 to 15 mph for just over an hour as he drove through the city.


Imagine for a minute, waking up in the middle of the night, looking out your window, and seeing a street sweeper being pursued by police at 15 mph.

You would probably assume it was a dream and you'd go back to sleep.

Here's some more good stuff:

Allen struck a garage in the 500 block of South 8th Street several times causing the garage to partially collapse, according to police. Officers say Allen almost flipped the sweeper over while striking the garage…

Allen reportedly swerved at one officer who was attempting to set up the spike strips causing the officer to seek cover, police said.

The pursuit ended when Allen went into the river in the street sweeper near Veterans Memorial Park.

"Went into the river." Great line.

It was then that Allen tried to escape on foot.

This was a very, very bad idea.

Allen was apprehended by officers with assistance from a Wayne County Sheriff's Department canine, according to police.

He was transported to Reid Health for injuries to his arm from the canine apprehension as well as other facial injuries from the struggle with officers.

Police are requesting multiple charges including vehicle theft, resisting law enforcement, reckless driving, and leaving the scene of an accident.


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