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Police: Man tried to hijack electric car but couldn’t drive it

Police: Man tried to hijack electric car but couldn’t drive it

  • Story Highlights
  • Cory Patrick smashed a car window and attacked the driver at an intersection, affidavit said.
  • Patrick was unable to escape because he couldn’t drive electric the Chevy Bolt car, affidavit said.
A man tried to hijack an electric car during a violent confrontation with its owner in Austin on Saturday but couldn’t escape because he didn’t know how to drive it, according to an arrest affidavit.

Cory Allen Patrick, 28, of Austin, was charged with robbery by assault, a second-degree felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison.

The incident happened at the intersection of Gynerium Drive and Tom Kemp Lane in a part of Austin that is in Williamson County, the affidavit said. The owner of a 2017 Chevy Bolt told police he had stopped at a stop sign at the intersection when a man, later identified as Patrick, approached his driver’s-side window, the affidavit said.

It said the driver rolled down the window and that Patrick yelled “get out of the car.” The driver rolled up the window but Patrick then smashed it, climbed inside and attacked the driver, the document said.

The driver struggled with Patrick but then got out of the car because “he did not want to die over a car,” the affidavit said. Patrick then attempted to drive away but couldn’t because he didn’t know how to drive an electric car, according to the document.

It said the owner of the car later told police, who were alerted at 11:10 a.m. Saturday, that “his vehicle cannot be driven like a normal vehicle and takes some getting used to.”

A nearby witness told police he saw Patrick assaulting the owner of the car, so he grabbed a machete and ran over to help the victim, the affidavit said. The witness said as soon as Patrick saw the machete, he got out of the car, according to the document. It said the witness followed Patrick until police arrived. Police found Patrick in some nearby grass and arrested him, the affdavit said.I

Patrick was being held in the Williamson County Jail on Tuesday with bail set at $20,000.
 

bro1999

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Police: Man tried to hijack electric car but couldn’t drive it

  • Story Highlights
  • Cory Patrick smashed a car window and attacked the driver at an intersection, affidavit said.
  • Patrick was unable to escape because he couldn’t drive electric the Chevy Bolt car, affidavit said.
A man tried to hijack an electric car during a violent confrontation with its owner in Austin on Saturday but couldn’t escape because he didn’t know how to drive it, according to an arrest affidavit.

Cory Allen Patrick, 28, of Austin, was charged with robbery by assault, a second-degree felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison.

The incident happened at the intersection of Gynerium Drive and Tom Kemp Lane in a part of Austin that is in Williamson County, the affidavit said. The owner of a 2017 Chevy Bolt told police he had stopped at a stop sign at the intersection when a man, later identified as Patrick, approached his driver’s-side window, the affidavit said.

It said the driver rolled down the window and that Patrick yelled “get out of the car.” The driver rolled up the window but Patrick then smashed it, climbed inside and attacked the driver, the document said.

The driver struggled with Patrick but then got out of the car because “he did not want to die over a car,” the affidavit said. Patrick then attempted to drive away but couldn’t because he didn’t know how to drive an electric car, according to the document.

It said the owner of the car later told police, who were alerted at 11:10 a.m. Saturday, that “his vehicle cannot be driven like a normal vehicle and takes some getting used to.”

A nearby witness told police he saw Patrick assaulting the owner of the car, so he grabbed a machete and ran over to help the victim, the affidavit said. The witness said as soon as Patrick saw the machete, he got out of the car, according to the document. It said the witness followed Patrick until police arrived. Police found Patrick in some nearby grass and arrested him, the affdavit said.I

Patrick was being held in the Williamson County Jail on Tuesday with bail set at $20,000.

Hurray for the Bolt's shifter! Lol
 

Need

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Doesn't everyone? o_O

There is a news footage of the incident:
chase.jpg
 

bro1999

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Another article: Accused Austin Carjacker Stymied By Electric Car Quickly Arrested

The clueless thief may not have known how to drive a Bolt, but he sure understood what a machete could do to him.

Patrick — who may not have grasped the controls of the Bolt — clearly understood the business end of a machete and exited the vehicle himself.
Upon seeing the machete, Patrick is said to have exited the Chevy Bolt faster than a horned lizard on a hot sidewalk in the Texas summer. The machete-wielding Good Samaritan followed Patrick until police arrived to detain him. The car owner was surprisingly empathetic to Patrick's downfall, telling police his electric ride did take "some getting used to," according to the affidavit.
 

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