- The forklift is seen driving through residential streets in the River Park neighborhood at night
This is the bizarre moment Sacramento police officers got into a 35-minute, slow-speed chase with a driver in a forklift.
Cops said they spotted the forklift on the road Sunday night into Monday morning, and when the driver refused to stop, it sparked one of the slowest chases ever.
The footage shows the yellow forklift driving through residential streets in the River Park neighborhood at night under the glow of flashing police lights in ridiculous scenes.
Witnesses said they were awakened by the sound of sirens as California police officers chased the vehicle.
“I was already awake, but it sounded like every officer in Sacramento was in the neighborhood,” said resident James Nunnely, who was caring for his grandmother at the time.
The footage shows the yellow forklift driving through residential streets in the city’s River Park neighborhood at night in ridiculous scenes
Police officers pursued the forklift during the nighttime chase. Witnesses said they were awakened by the sound of sirens as California police officers chased the vehicle
Nunnely, who described it as the slowest chase he had ever experienced, said police responded with force. “It was surrounded. “It was like all you could hear were sirens,” he said. “It was everywhere.”
“We looked out our window and saw what looked like a forklift driving pretty slowly, just casually driving down our street, Teichert, and then seven police cars driving behind it,” resident Chelsea Leber told KCRA.
Police said the forklift was believed to have been stolen, but investigators have not been able to locate the owner.
“Just before midnight, officers observed a forklift traveling down the street near the 2700 block of Fair Oaks Boulevard,” a Sacramento Police spokesman said.
“Officers attempted to conduct a coercive stop, but the forklift driver refused to stop and a pursuit ensued.”
“The forklift continued onto the bike path, destroying a fence near Glenn Hall Park and dragging it down the path before being disabled.” “The driver was struck without incident on the bike path near the entrance to the Howe River taken into custody.”
During the slow chase late Sunday and early Monday, a police car followed the forklift at a snail’s pace
Suspect Wayne Mathern, 47, is charged with escape, resisting arrest and vandalism.
Mathern was previously charged this month with assault on a peace officer and providing false information.
According to local media, he failed to appear in court on October 16 on these charges.
In August: would-be thieves in California attempted to use a forklift to steal an ATM in Sacramento County.
In the video, the suspect can be seen fumbling with the equipment to push and ram the ATM.
One suspect eventually managed to overturn the machine, while a second suspect drove a van as a getaway car.
But the heist didn’t go according to plan and the ATM later fell off the vehicle and was left in the middle of a busy road.