Three brothers kidnapped from a Walmart parking lot in Gettysburg, Pa., took matters into their own hands, calling 911 and helping police locate their abductor.
The boys — ages 15, 12 and 7 — were sitting in an SUV when their dad parked the vehicle and entered the store. Another man jumped in and raced off, reportedly reaching speeds of up to 120 mph.
According to police records, one of the boys believed the driver was drunk. They also begged the man to slow down, but he refused, striking a cab along the way.
After calling 911, the boys were able to lead police to their location, leading to a high-speed chase. Eventually, the cops were able to box in the vehicle.
Boys Kidnapped in Walmart Parking Lot Called 911
“I opened the door and gave him verbal commands to get out,” a trooper wrote in the affidavit. “As he did, the vehicle kept rolling forward until he put it into park.”
The driver was “visibly intoxicated” and was quickly handcuffed, police said, adding that he had “a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage about his breath … as well as glassy blood shot eyes.”
In fact, the man who stole the vehicle admitted to being drunk, the affidavit read. When asked about his level of drunkenness, he replied, “really drunk, I’ve been drinking a lot man.”
Fortunately, no one was harmed and the boys were returned to their father. And it’s pretty clear they had a big hand in that.
The driver, 44, was charged with three counts of kidnapping, three counts of endangering the welfare of a child, theft of a motor vehicle, fleeing and eluding a police officer and multiple DUI offenses.