Image courtesy of the Anchorage Police Department.An Alaskan man was arrested after he led police on a low-speed chase on a forklift, which he stole and used to break into a liquor store.
Anchorage, AK (AP) - An Alaskan man was arrested after he led police on a low-speed chase on a wheel loader with a forklift attachment, which he stole and used to break into a liquor store.
Witnesses called police after they saw a wheel loader with two front prongs attached slam into the Brown Jug liquor store around 3.30am on Thursday.
The man, 38-year-old Joseph Martin, allegedly took some bottles of alcohol, got back into the front-end loader and fled
Police pursued Martin in the forklift, but the chase only reached speeds of about 15mph.
In a video posted by the Anchorage Police Department, an officer can be heard telling dispatch the tires on the forklift are industrial and he will be unable to puncture them.
He also says they have no way of forcing him off the road.
The video shows the final four minutes of the chase, which ends in a trailer park with Martin surrendering to police.
Alcohol bottles were found inside the front-loader, which had been stolen from a construction site, officers said.
The loader had been stolen from Trina Gaskov of Green Acres Landscaping Construction and Aquascapes in South Anchorage, according to Alaska Dispatch News.
'The fence had gotten broken through when he took the loader.
'The keys were left in it, but it was left in a fenced-in area that was supposed to be secure,' said Jennifer Castro of the Anchorage Police.
Gaskov told the Dispatch News she believes Martin had previous experience driving forklifts.
'He's obviously a good driver, 'cause he was drunk off his butt but he was still driving really good.
'He didn't hit a car or nothing — and making those wide turns — he must have experience driving around the loaders or something,' she said.
Gaskov has no connection to Martin and did not know him prior to the incident.
Martin is being held on suspicion of criminal mischief, burglary, felony driving while intoxicated and other counts. His bail is set at $30,000.
Source: The Daily Mail
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