Fugitive Morphs Truck Into Spaceship After Hitting Spike Strip At 115 MPH
If you’re ashamed of some of the choices you made when you were 18 years old, watching Kevonte Dekorey Austin’s latest stunt may certainly brighten your perspective.
The 18-year-old escaped police while on work-release Tuesday. Before ending back in custody, the kid managed to go truly evil ‘Knievel,’ stealing a Toyota Tacoma before leading sheriff’s deputies on a high-speed chase that reached 115 miles per hour.
Unfortunately for Austin, the chase didn’t end like something out of the Dukes of Hazzard, but more like a NASA disaster.
Toyota Tacoma at F1 speeds + spike strips + ditch =…
Needless to say the launch didn’t go as planned.
To make the crash even more surreal, Austin’s truck landed on a parked car behind that fence … with a woman sitting inside!
Amazingly both Austin and the woman are reportedly okay.
“I felt around to see if I was hurt and could tell that I was okay,” Barbara Harlon said to KSLA. “God was with me.”
The crash of the century happened around 1:30 p.m. Tuesday near Dixie Inn, LA.
KSLA detailed how Austin escaped in the first place:
Webster Sheriff Gary Sexton said the events began to unfold when a deputy pulled over the driver of a Toyota Tacoma speeding on U.S. Highway 371.
As the deputy spoke with the driver outside the pickup, the truck’s passenger slid into the driver’s seat and sped off.
Sheriff’s deputies chased Austin at speeds reaching 115 miles per hour. The chase took deputies to Springhill before heading south on Hwy. 371.
Austin allegedly stole a 2009 Ford Ranger from a former employee and was in jail for car theft and a probation violation. The Tacoma had also been reported stolen as well.
Check out pictures of both the Tacoma and what was left of Harlon’s car — along with Mr. Austin’s mugshot — at KSLA. And feel much better about your life choices.
Josh Helmuth is an editor for Crave and a new contributor for Mandatory.