Police shoot out excavator tires after drunken joy ride

Police shoot out excavator tires after drunken joy ride
Photo: DPA
A drunken joy ride through Lower Saxony with an excavator ended in gunshots Saturday, after the 23-year-old driver refused to stop, police reported.

The man stole the excavator after visiting a disco near the Lower Saxon town of Delmenhorst. He tried to drive it home and went past a police car. The car tailed the earth-mover for 40 minutes, a trip of 15 kilometres, but could not stop it, even when four other police vehicles joined in the chase.

Then police tried spraying pepper spray into the driver’s cabin, but the spray had no effect. The drunken excavator driver then rammed two police cars, prompting police to pull out their weapons and shoot out the vehicle’s tires.

The driver was then pulled out of the earth-mover and during his arrest, bitten on the arm by a police German shepherd. In addition to being drunk and resisting arrest, the 23-year-old did not possess a driver’s license, police said.


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