Published June 22, 2017
Alabama authorities say a thief who couldn't figure out how to shift out of first gear led a slow-speed chase in a flatbed truck.
Jefferson County Chief Deputy Randy Christian tells AL.com the 16-mile chase never topped 30 mph. It ended when the transmission seized, stopping the truck.
Authorities say 29-year-old Randy Dewayne Vert of Pinson faces multiple charges, including attempting to elude and resisting arrest. His bail is set at $5,900.
Deputies say the chase began early Wednesday when deputies checked on a car abandoned in Birmingham and were told a man had just stolen a nearby Kenworth T-300 flatbed delivery truck.
Christian jokes, "Thank God he couldn't find second gear — the pursuit could have gotten all the way up to 35 mph."