Cops: Guy on Forklift Robs Liquor Store, Slow Chase Ensues

And there's video
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 29, 2016 7:58 AM CDT

Alaska police say a man used a stolen front-end loader to break into a liquor store and then led officers on a low-speed chase. A witness flagged down Anchorage police about 3:20am to report that a front-loader with forklift attachments had smashed into a liquor store chain called the Brown Jug, reports Alaska Dispatch News, "ripping off most of the front entrance," per a police rep. The witness saw the driver go inside, take bottles, then hop back on the front-loader and drive east, notes the AP.

During a 15-mph chase captured on dashcam, police followed the driver into a recreational vehicle park and blocked the only exit with patrol cars. Police say alcohol bottles were found inside the front-end loader, which had been stolen from a construction site. Joseph Martin is being held on suspicion of criminal mischief, burglary, felony driving while intoxicated, and other counts. His bail is set at $30,000. (Read more weird crimes stories.)

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