According to a story reported by Darren Toms of Cleveland’s Newsradio WTAM 1100, a 1987 Nissan Sentra was stolen last Friday from the parking lot of Papa John’s. It’s owner, a driver for Papa John’s, had left the car idling with the keys still in the ignition [hey, it’s an ’87 Sentra, we would too] while she went inside to pick up her next round of deliveries.
While the vehicle was unattended, a 15-year-old boy who had been hiding in the nearby bushes commandeered the vehicle and sped off.
After reporting the incident and while filling out the requisite reports for the stolen vehicle, the officers witnessed the Sentra speed past the Papa Johns, this time with a young woman riding shotgun. Refusing to stop of his own volition, the pursuing officers deployed Stop Sticks [they are exactly what they sound like], damaging the vehicle’s tires and eventually forcing the boy to abandon the car and bail out. After being taken into custody, the boy explained that he had been hiding in the bushes for almost 3 hours after engaging in an argument with his father. When he saw the car idling, he jumped at the chance for a joyride – picking up a female friend of his along the way.
We here at RideLust usually like it when the bad guy gets caught, but when it’s a 1987 Nissan Sentra and the “bad guy” is a 15-year-old kid with a rough home life…well, then we just feel a little sad.
[Source: Cleveland Newsradio WTAM 1100]