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Man Steals Van From Couple Heading To Hospital

By: KAKE News / Associated Press Email
By: KAKE News / Associated Press Email

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Tuesday, February 5, 2013

A Wichita couple is always going to have a bizarre story to tell about the time leading up to their child's birth.

The couple was preparing to head to the hospital early Tuesday when a determined thief stole their only means of transportation, a van warming up in the driveway.

During the ensuing chase that reached speeds up to 80 miles per hour, police spiked the van's tires. But the thief kept going on just rims, not stopping until the van was so damaged the front wheel shattered, grinding the brakes down to the axle.

In all, the pursuit lasted about 35 minutes.

While police were chasing the van, an ambulance took the mother to the hospital. Police later took the father to join her.

As it turns out, it was false labor and the woman has since returned home.

The suspect, identified as 36-year-old Steven Percival, had several warrants out for his arrest and had violated probation. He was paroled on a robbery conviction last November, but absconded only days later.

The Associated Press contributed to this report


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