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Paraplegic US man steals car from dealership
Paraplegic US man steals car from dealership

Paraplegic US man steals car from dealership

A paraplegic man made off with a car from a Ford salesroom in Florida and was chased by police as he drove through three counties, using his cane to accelerate the vehicle.

A salesman showed Shamal Battice into a 2009 Ponitac G6, however once he was in the car the disabled man locked the doors, put the key in the ignition and sped away from the forecourt.

The Ocala Police Department says Shamal Battice went to Ford of Ocala located off N. U.S. 441 and appeared to want to buy a vehicle.

Officials say a salesman showed Battice a white 2009 Pontiac G6.

Investigators say the salesman assisted Battice into the car.

Officers say Battice then locked the door, put the key in the ignition and used a folding cane to hit the gas pedal and drove off the parking lot.

Deputies say they pursued the car and abandoned the chase at the Alachua-Marion County line.

Alachua County officials say they then picked up the chase and followed Battice until they too decided not to follow any further.

Officers say a bulletin was issued and Bradford County sheriff’s deputies spotted Battice at a gas station trying to put gas in the car and arrested him.

He is charged with driving with a suspended license.

Battice also faces a possible charge of grand theft auto.

Agencies/Canadajournal




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