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Guy Steals Pizza Delivery Vehicle to Catch a Plane Out of Wyoming

A group of Vermont friends staying at Elk Country Inn in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, were drinking and got into an argument. Quinn McElwain was upset and left the room. He may have said something about going home. His friends called police about his disappearance. Not long afterward, police received another call, about a missing pizza delivery vehicle that disappeared from the Elk Country Inn. They checked with the Jackson Hole Airport. Lt. Cole Nethercott tells what happened.

When police determined that McElwain bought a ticket to Chicago with cash, he was already in transit and had transferred flights in Denver for the final leg of the trip.

Security officers at Chicago O’Hare International were contacted to intercept the suspect, but he lucked out of being apprehended.

“For whatever reason,” Nethercott said, “they ended up at the wrong gate and they missed him.”

The Toyota RAV4 was returned to the Pizza Hut driver, and nothing was missing from the vehicle. That means that the charge, under Wyoming law, is not grand theft auto, but only unauthorized use of a vehicle, which is a misdemeanor. Nethercott said the question at this point is whether the prosecutor will want to go to the expense of extraditing McElwain for a misdemeanor charge. -via Daily of the Day

(Image credit: Flickr user Marci)


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