The Virginian National Guard First Lieutenant who ran amok in an armored personnel carrier last night reportedly tweeted while he was on his chaotic joyride.
29-year-old 1LT Joshua Philip Yabut made headlines around the world last night, after stealing an M577 command vehicle from Fort Pickett and taking it on a sixty-mile trek through the Richmond area, all while under the influence of drugs.
“The unit was conducting routine training at Fort Pickett when [Yabut] drove away in the armored personnel carrier,” Virginia National Guard spokesperson Cotton Puryear said.
Yabut posted several videos and photos of himself operating the vehicle to Twitter, one showing him to be armed with an M9 pistol.
“The vehicle was not equipped with any weapons, but the Soldier did have his personal weapon with him but had no ammunition,” Puryear said. “Yabut is a first lieutenant assigned as the commander of the Petersburg-based Headquarters Company, 276th Engineer Battalion, and he has more than 11 years of service. He deployed to Afghanistan from 2008 to 2009 with the Illinois National Guard.”
According to WTVR, Yabut sits in jail, charged with driving under the influence of drugs, felony eluding police, and felony unauthorized use of a vehicle. More serious, UCMJ-related charges are likely to follow.
Yabut’s Twitter feed is a bizarre menagerie of ideas and posts, from retweeting Senator Bernie Sanders to -ironically- a retweet from the Virginia State Police, saying that “June is ‘Move Over Awareness Month’ in Virginia!”
“If you see red, blue or amber flashing lights along the roadside, please remember to #LeaveALane,” the tweet read. “It could save a life. #MoveOver18.”
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