Bizarre moment cops get into 35-minute, low-speed chase with driver in a FORKLIFT in Sacramento

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  • The forklift tin beryllium seen cruising done residential streets astatine nighttime successful the River Park neighborhood

By James Callery

Published: 08:03 EDT, 1 November 2023 | Updated: 08:42 EDT, 1 November 2023

This is nan bizarre infinitesimal constabulary officers get into a 35-minute, low-speed pursuit pinch a driver successful a forklift successful Sacramento.

Cops said they spotted nan forklift connected nan roadworthy connected Sunday evening into Monday greeting and erstwhile nan driver refused to extremity it sparked 1 of nan slowest constabulary chases of each time. 

Footage shows nan yellowish forklift cruising done residential streets successful nan River Park vicinity astatine nighttime nether nan glow of flashing constabulary lights successful ridiculous scenes.

Witnesses said they were awoken by nan sound of sirens arsenic California cops tailed nan vehicle.

'I was already awake, but it sounded for illustration each serviceman successful Sacramento was successful nan neighborhood,' said resident James Nunnely, who was caring for his grandma astatine nan time. 

Footage shows nan yellowish forklift cruising done residential streets successful nan city's River Park vicinity astatine nighttime successful ridiculous scenes

Cops pursuing nan forklift during nan precocious nighttime pursuit. Witnesses said they were awoken by nan sound of sirens arsenic California cops tailed nan vehicle

Nunnely, who described it arsenic nan slowest pursuit he had ever witnessed, said constabulary had responded successful force. 'It was surrounding. It was for illustration each you could perceive was sirens,' he said. 'It was everywhere.'

'We were looking retired our window, and we could spot what looked for illustration a forklift going reasonably slow, conscionable benignant of casually cruising down our thoroughfare here, Teichert, and past location was 7 bull cars trailing down it,' resident Chelsea Leber told KCRA.  

Police said nan forklift is believed to person been stolen, but investigators person been incapable to find nan owner. 

'Just earlier midnight, officers observed a forklift driving down nan roadway adjacent nan 2700 artifact of Fair Oaks Boulevard,' a Sacramento Police spokesperson said.

'Officers attempted to behaviour an enforcement stop, but nan forklift driver refused to stop, and a pursuit ensued.

'The forklift continued onto nan motorcycle way and took down a obstruction adjacent Glenn Hall Park, dragging it down nan way earlier becoming disabled. The driver was taken into custody connected nan motorcycle way adjacent Howe River entree without incident.'

Suspect Wayne Mathern, 47, is facing charges of evading, resisting apprehension and vandalism.

Mathern was antecedently charged this period pinch misdemeanor artillery connected a bid serviceman and misdemeanor giving mendacious information. 

He grounded to look successful tribunal October 16 for those charges, according to section media.

In August, would-be thieves successful California tried to return disconnected pinch an ATM utilizing a forklift successful Sacramento County.

In nan video, nan fishy tin beryllium seen fumbling pinch nan instrumentality to push and ram nan ATM.

One fishy yet managed to assistance nan machine, while a 2nd fishy drove a pick-up motortruck arsenic nan getaway car.

The heist did not spell according to plan, and nan ATM later fell disconnected nan motortruck and was simply near successful nan mediate of a engaged street.

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