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Man Gets 15 Years for Ramming Cars to 'Escape Zombies'

Shaun Michael Stroud was on drugs, DA says
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Dec 13, 2018 6:00 PM CST
Zombie sisters maneuver their way down Santa Monica Blvd. in West Hollywood, Calif., during the West Hollywood Carnival and Halloween Parade this year.   (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)

(Newser) – A Mississippi Gulf Coast man who rammed vehicles because he thought zombies were chasing him has been sentenced to 15 years in prison, per the AP. The Sun Herald reports 32-year-old Shaun Michael Stroud of Kiln pleaded guilty last week to aggravated assault, grand larceny, and malicious mischief. Gulfport police arrested Stroud on April 8 after he stole a front-end loader from a recycling center and smashed into at least four cars in a Walmart parking lot, including two with people inside. Stroud's wild ride ended after he hit a palm tree and got a flat tire. Stroud told police he thought the world was ending. Harrison County District Attorney Joel Smith says Stroud was on drugs. Besides prison, Stroud must pay $41,000 in restitution and spend five years on post-release supervision. (Raccoons in Ohio were acting like "zombies.")

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