Breaking Video: Police are pursuing a stolen tank across Central Virginia

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By Brandon Jarvis

Police were spotted early tonight behind a tank-like military vehicle that was stolen from Fort Pickett. The tank was spotted along Route 460 in Dinwiddie, then it was spotted on interstate 85 and interstate 95.

The driver then drove 20 miles north to the City of Richmond.

The tank-like vehicle exited interstate 95 at close to 9:30 p.m. on the Boulevard exit in Richmond. The tank then drove east down West Broad street passing the VCU campus. The driver eventually gave up and was apprehended at 11th and Broad Streets. Jon Burkett is reporting that the driver was a soldier. The vehicle is the property of the Virginia National Guard, and was never equipped with a weapon. Police on Tuesday announced charges and identified the driver as a 29 year old Richmond man. Philip Yabut has been charged with driving under the influence of drugs, felony eluding and a felony count of unauthorized use of a vehicle.

A State Police spokesperson said the vehicle never went over 40 MPH and there were no crashes from incident. The adult male driver is in state police custody as of 9:40 p.m. The spokesperson said they blocked exits along interstate 95 for the safety of the public.

Sources say the suspect is at VCU Medical Center after being tased and bitten by a dog.

This was quite the joyride. We will update with more details when we have them the video is below.

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This is INSANE! Someone has hijacked a “Tank-like” vehicle from Fort Pickett and just drove it by our apartment! This is on Broad Street in the Fan.

The video below was sent to Curt Autry. This is on Route 460 in Dinwiddie.

6 thoughts on “Breaking Video: Police are pursuing a stolen tank across Central Virginia

  • June 5, 2018 at 10:27 pm

    It’s a 1068
    NOT a tank

    • June 6, 2018 at 1:35 pm

      it is not even close to being a tank,

  • June 5, 2018 at 10:33 pm

    As the other comment says, “not a tank”.

    Singed ~ Disappointed former 19k who was hoping to see an Abrams rolling down the street.

    • June 6, 2018 at 1:37 pm

      a few years back some trooper stole a M-60 Patton tank and took it for a joy ride, I think the cops finally jumped on top of it and shot the guy in the drivers hatch after he high centered it on a highway divider

  • June 6, 2018 at 11:23 am

    Well, the President is hellbent on getting tanks in the streets…give the soldier a medal.

  • June 6, 2018 at 12:09 pm

    Sweet tank, I used to drive tanks like this.


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