Winner, winner, chicken dinner.
A 33-year-old man accused of stealing a black C4 Corvette tried to escape from police by jumping through a drive-through window at a fish and chicken restaurant in Florida Wednesday afternoon.
Overhead video shows Stephen Nitsch trying to outrun more than a dozen police officers before a pit maneuver finally brings the chase to a halt.
Even then, the fiasco wasn’t quite over as Nitsch is captured on video hopping out of the Corvette and running across a road as police again give chase.
Nitsch was finally apprehended after one witness said he saw the man “running for his life.” At one point, a Snappers Fish & Chicken restaurant worker had to close her drive-through window to keep Nitsch from climbing inside in an attempt to get away.
“From the side of my eye, I had seen it, and I had to double back and look again, and I’m like, ‘Oh, my God,'” Cornisha Flanders, who works at Snappers, said. “I see him running, and it looked like he was gonna jump through the window, so I had to close the window.”
The incident started about 5 p.m. in the 1500 block of Northeast 18th Avenue. Nitsch allegedly stole the Corvette in Fort Lauderdale’s Victoria Park neighborhood, and police soon gave chase at slow speeds through that area. He eventually started going north on I-95 at Sunrise Boulevard and at one point came to a halt on the off-ramp of Atlantic Boulevard before taking off again on Atlantic.
The chase finally came to an end at 600 NW 3rd St., in Pompano Beach when an unmarked police SUV rammed the Corvette on the driver’s side, causing the car to spin out. Nitsch took off running and was eventually captured near Snappers.
Nitsch – who was carried to an area hospital as a precaution after complaining of sickness and throwing up – is expected in court today to face charges of burglary, auto theft, and fleeing and eluding police.
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