Birmingham, AL 06/14/2017
A 29-year-old Pinson man is in custody this morning after leading deputies on a low-speed pursuit in a stolen delivery truck.
Just after 4:30 this morning deputies were dispatched to the 1200 block of Birchwood Street to investigate a report of a suspicious vehicle sitting in the road with lights on and no one around. They arrived and checked the car. It was not stolen.
While checking the car, a citizen informed them that a man had just stolen a Kenworth T-300 flatbed delivery truck nearby. Deputies spotted the truck as it turned onto Huffman Road and attempted to stop the vehicle.
The driver refused to stop and continued driving south on Center Point Parkway. The driver was apparently unfamiliar with the complexities of a modern manual transmission and was unable to get the truck out of first gear. The truck traveled at speeds of 25-30 mph onto I-59 south. Deputies followed the truck along I-59 south to Bush Boulevard where the transmission seized and the truck stopped.
The driver, 29-year-old Randy Dewayne Vert of Pinson, was removed from the truck and arrested. He was charged with Theft of Property 1st Degree, Reckless Endangerment, Attempting to Elude, and Resisting Arrest. He remains in the Jefferson County Jail with bonds totaling $5900.