AUSTIN, Texas — It’s good for the environment and will apparently keep you from getting carjacked as well.
A Texas thief who attempted to steal an electric car from its driver was thwarted when he couldn’t figure out how to drive the vehicle, police said.
Cops say Cory Allen Patrick, 28, of Austin, approached the driver of a 2017 Chevy Bolt as he paused at a stop sign over the weekend. He then ordered the driver to “get out of the car,” the Austin American-Statesman reported.
The driver rolled his window back, but Patrick then smashed it and climbed inside and began attacking the man behind the wheel.
At first, the driver fought back but then got out because “he did not want to die over a car,” police said.. Patrick tried to drive away but couldn’t because he didn’t know how to drive an electric car, the cops said.
The driver told cops that the electric driver somewhat differently than a regular car and takes some getting used to.
A nearby resident who had spotted Patrick assaulting the driver, ran out with a machete and helped keep the thief at bay until police arrived.