Some Corvette owners worry about getting the first scratch on their “baby”.
Sadly, that’s the least of the worries for the owner of this once-beautiful Torch Red C7 Corvette coupe.
An armed carjacker took off with the woman’s Stingray Thursday afternoon, then wound up leading police on a chase through Birmingham and Homewood, Alabama.
#HappeningNow That Chevy Corvette caused THREE SEPARATE WRECKS at THREE DIFFERENT LOCATIONS, according to .@HomewoodPD Sergeant John Carr. Sgt. Carr says the driver is under arrest .@abc3340. pic.twitter.com/hH7dGHK4F6— Patrick Karl Thomas (@PatThomasNews) August 9, 2018
By the time the chase had ended, the suspect had wrecked the Corvette three times and totaled four cars in the process.
Based on photos from its final resting place, the Corvette suffered extensive damage to the passenger side, with the rear bumper hanging off, the rear passenger tire gone and the front passenger tire dangling, and major damage from front to back to the body panels on the passenger side.
Fortunately, despite all the carnage to the vehicles involved, no one was injured in any of the cars.
The action started around 3 p.m. when Homewood Police were told an armed carjacker had stolen the Corvette at the intersection of Oxmoor Road and St. Charles Street in Edgewood.
WOW-exclusive 1st look at video of this carjacked Corvette being chased through downtown Birmingham courtesy: Ethridge Senior Car Wash pic.twitter.com/z1uivIHLBW— Jonathan Hardison (@FOX6Hardison) August 9, 2018
Police saw the hot ‘Vette on Valley Avenue and began chasing the car. The suspect first wrecked on I-65 at the University Boulevard exit, then crashed a second time at 3rd Avenue North and 17th Street North. He managed to keep going down 3rd Avenue before finally wrecking a third and final time at Carraway Boulevard. By this point, all four tires on the Corvette were flat, and four vehicles had been totaled.
The suspect then left the Corvette and took off running into nearby kudzu. Officers had established a perimeter around the scene, however, and quickly apprehended the man without a struggle.
Police later identified the suspect as a 17-year-old from Roebuck.
He now faces a first degree robbery charge, unlawful possession of marijuana, having a pistol without a permit and attempting to elude police. He could still face additional charges for the hit-and-run crashes as well.
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