If you're going to get into the world of stealing cars, you've got to learn how to drive shift. 29 year old Randy Dewayne Vert of Pinson Alabama found that out the hard way when when he stole a Kenworth T-300 flatbed delivery truck and tried to flee. Instead, he led police on a low speed chase because he couldn't get the vehicle out of first gear.
Police were called when the owner of the truck saw it driving off. They were shocked to find it just a few blocks from where it had been stolen rolling along at an estimated 10 mph. Once they turned their blue lights Randy really tried to fly.
Randy wheeled it up on to I-59 and opened her up. Police report that the flatbed got up to about 25 mph before the transmission seized up and the truck ground to a halt. The Police Chief quipped "thank god he couldn't find 2nd gear or he may have gotten it up to 35 mph"!. Vert is now facing charges of first-degree theft of property, reckless endangerment, attempting to elude and resisting arrest. I imagine a lifetime of mocking will be part of that sentence as well.