Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Weird Crime: Beware The Ghost Driver

(photo @ itsdansworld.net)

Highland Beach, Florida

On May 4, 2013, Highland Beach police clocked a car going 57 mph in a 35 mph zone. Since that was far too much over the speed limit for even the most lenient of traffic cops to ignore, they decided to give chase and pull the driver over. The driver responded by turning off his lights, speeding up to 65 mph...and then stopping the vehicle inside a nearby parking lot.

Imagine the officers' surprise, however, when they looked inside the car and discovered that there wasn't anyone there. Police spent a few minutes inspecting the vehicle, but to no avail. They were unable to find anyone inside the car, nor had they seen anyone exit the car during the stop.

But just as one of the officers walked back towards his cruiser to make what was potentially the most awkward dispatch call of his life, the car took off again. After the vehicle made what police described as "rapid evasive maneuvers," it then once again came to a sudden stop. When police approached the vehicle, however, they were greeted for a second time by a seemingly unoccupied automobile.

                                 Sipsy Street Regulars
"I've seen something like this before, but that involved bumper cars..."

But after a one hour search of the immediate area (and probably a lot of serious consideration for getting a C.A.T. scan the next day), one of the officers noticed that something was moving in the back of the car's interior. That's when police determined that 28-year-old Maximilian Schroeder had been ducking through his car's fold down back seats and into the trunk every time they had walked up to it.

Schroeder was arrested and charged with fleeing police and marijuana/drug paraphernalia possession. He was released from the Palm Beach County Jail on Sunday after posting $3,000 bail.

Maximilian Andre Schroeder
Living proof that a cleaned out trunk will just tempt you to break the law.

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