5 February 2013

Landslide oddities number 1: arresting a felon

Posted by dr-dave

This is the first in what I hope will be a series of posts on landslide oddities. Thanks to both Ellen Hardy and Alexandre Mathieu for their help with this one.

KVAL.com yesterday carried the story of Cody Pettit, who stole a taxi at  knife point on Saturday, and set off for a joyride in Brookings, Oregon, USA.  He was spotted by a police officer, who duly gave chase.  This ended somewhat abruptly when Pettit turned onto a minor road, only to crash into a landslide that was blocking it:

http://www.kval.com/news/local/Sheriff-Landslide-halts-man-in-stolen-taxi-189730801.html

Pettit was duly arrested and has now been charged with “Robbery in the First Degree, Attempt to Elude by Vehicle, Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine, Reckless Driving, Criminal Mischief 2nd Degree, Menacing x 2, Harassment x 5, Reckless Endangering, Theft of Services, Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle, and Coercion”.

Officers have yet to disclose whether the landslide is in line for an award.