Police: Man Steals Armored Vehicle from National Guard Base

Virginia National Guard Soldiers assigned to the Bedford-based Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team conduct civil disturbance training Oct. 14, 2017, at Fort Pickett, Virginia. (U.S. National Guard photo/Cotton Puryear)
Virginia National Guard Soldiers assigned to the Bedford-based Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team conduct civil disturbance training Oct. 14, 2017, at Fort Pickett, Virginia. (U.S. National Guard photo/Cotton Puryear)

RICHMOND, Va. — Authorities say a soldier stole an armored personnel carrier from a Virginia National Guard base and led police on a more than 60-mile (100-kilometer) chase before being arrested.

State Police Sgt. Keeli Hill tells the Richmond Times-Dispatch the man had taken the vehicle Tuesday evening from Fort Pickett. She says the chase ended in Richmond when he abandoned it and was taken into custody near City Hall.

Authorities have not identified the driver or said how he was able to take the vehicle from the facility in Nottoway County. Hill says he had driven it mostly on interstate highways at speeds that topped around 45 mph (70 kph). No injuries or accidents were reported.

State Police spokeswoman Corinne Geller says the vehicle is not a tank.

Police say charges are pending.

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