A man tried to steal a car he was test-driving in Concord, California, on Monday, with the salesman still in it, police said.
The unidentified driver had his license photocopied by the Lehmar’s dealership in Concord, California, before he took a $70,000 silver GMC Savana conversion van for a drive, along with salesman Christopher Reeves.
The man then drove to his home address in the city of Pittsburg to show the vehicle to his family. However, on their way back to the dealership, the driver got violent with Reeves. (Scroll down for the video.)
1. After the suspect led police on a high-speed chase, the luxury van was totaled (pictured).
2. A surveillance video shows the silver van leaving Lehmer’s parking lot with the suspect and salesman inside.
Reeves described the incident to KPIX 5:
He like grabbed my shirt… pushed me in the door and said “I’m not f***ing playing around.”
He was going 85, 90, and then he started swerving and we actually sideswiped a car. The whole time I was like, “Oh my God. I don’t want to get held somewhere and tied up.”
3. The driver who totaled the van (below) has been arrested by officers who already knew his name and address because he had given the dealership his driver’s license.
4. Smoke rises out of the GMC Savana van after the crash in the San Francisco Bay Area on Monday.
The salesman managed to escape when the driver stopped at a red light and alerted the police who tracked the van down through its GPS system. He said:
He looked at me and said, “If you say anything about this, I’m going to come back and kill you.”
In the high-speed chase that ensued, the driver crashed the van and was arrested. Speaking to InsideBayArea, Lehmer’s general sales manager Carl Rogers said:
Obviously, he’s not the sharpest person.
The suspect crashed the van into several vehicles during his high-speed getaway and ended up on the side of the road when they tracked him down, according to police. The van was reportedly totaled.
5. Police arrested a suspect accused of kidnapping a car salesman during a test drive in Concord, CA.
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