Inmate Escapes, Is Quickly Arrested After Stealing Car, Drinking Hand Sanitizer

Authorities recently arrested a man for what may be classified as the “dumbest DWI” in Pennsylvania state history. Not only did authorities catch a man after he stole a car and drank some hand sanitizer, but he was already an inmate when it happened. This case was so bizarre that the Sheriff actually called this guy “one of the world’s dumbest criminals.”

The incident took place in Spotsylvania, PA in early January at a food bank. The inmate was working at the food bank on a work release program when he suddenly took off running. He crossed the street to a nearby airport before quickly discovering a car that suited his needs. Stealing the car, the inmate began a chase while consuming hand sanitizer from the food bank, which contains a high level of alcohol. The chase did not last long.

The inmate decided to attempt to escape authorities when he was confronted about drinking the hand sanitizer. Normally, behavior like driving while consuming an alcoholic beverage will lead to charges such as DWI, but this inmate may have bigger problems to deal with at this point.

“Someone who decides to commit three or four or five different felonies after being caught for a simple rules violation, qualifies to me as one of the world’s dumbest criminals,” Capt. Jeffery Pearce said.

The time from the man’s escape to his capture lasted about an hour. He is being charged with larceny (for the sanitizer), grand larceny of a motor vehicle, felony escape, felony eluding, reckless driving and DUI.

So, while DUI did make the list of charges he is facing, most of the added time in prison he is potentially facing will likely come from some of the other charges. However, this is not to say that the DUI is not an important factor.

DUI and DWI are serious crimes that are treated as such. Don’t make a DUI or DWI arrest any more difficult than they have to be. If you have been charged with DWI, make sure you have an experienced traffic and DWI lawyer representing your rights. Contact Villani & DeLuca to schedule a free consultation.