Man Gets Life For Stealing Police Car

police carAn Eagle Mountain Man (wtf? A mountain man?), has been sentenced to five years to life in prison, after he was found guilty of stealing a police car and leading officers on a merry dance as they gave chase through the winding streets of ye olde Utah County town.

Eagle Mountain Man – real name undisclosed, though sources tell us he was known locally as Mad Jeff – pleaded guilty to aggravated escape, which is known to be a first-degree felony across the pond.

But because Mountain Man accepted a plea deal, four other felony charges and two misdemeanours, including possession of a firearm by a restricted person, were thrown out of court.

We’re told by a British eye witness that the chase was “like something out of Minder”, and that Mountain Man refused to stop when the officer’s asked him to.

“The guy slipped out of his handcuffs,” says our British source, who was on holiday at the time. “The officer went to his truck to get the guys shoes, and so the guy slips out of his handcuffs and drives off in the police car. I’ve never seen anything like it.”

Our British source’s wife, Sharon, said: “You don’t expect things like this to happen when you’re on holiday. This never happens in Brentford. You’re best just staying at home.”

The pair said they were glad Mountain Man had been caught but they will not be returning to Utah County.

Thieves Target Toyota Prius Batteries

You just can’t have nice things in this day and age, can you?

Twenty years ago, thieves used to smash into your Vauxhall Cavalier to get their mucky hands on your cheap car radio.

Then there came that ‘fad’ where the thieves broke into your Ford Sierra for your air bag (bizarre, I know). Sometimes they’d even take the whole Sierra “for a laugh”, before dumping it half a mile down the road.

And now, thanks to the way the car industry is moving forward, car batteries are the latest target for thieves who just wanna have fun.

According to Toyota dealers, the nickel-metal-hyrdride and lithium-ion battery packs that power the Toyota Prius in conjunction with an electric motor, are now a gangster’s paradise, as thieves up and down the U.S. are performing smash-and-grab raids in a bid to to nick the batteries and stick them on Craigslist for prices upwards of $1,000.

The reason for the surge in stolen Prius batteries has been explained by the fact that the Prius is now over 10 years old, and consequently owners will soon need new batteries to replace the worn-down ones.

Thieves, eh? Every one to keep an eye on the fluctuating markets. It’s all about supply and demand, y’see.

The problem Prius owners face is that the batteries that are being sold for $1,000 on Craigslist are actually cheaper than an official replacement battery.

Naturally, it would be tempting to enter the black market and get your hands on one, but you honestly don’t know how many miles it’s done, or who its previous owner is.

Buick Regal Is The Worst Mistake American’s Ever Made

According to research carried out by iSeeCars.com, the Buick Regal was the car most American’s regretted buying in 2014.

The car, which costs somewhere in the region of $35,000, became notorious for being a waste of time and sits above the Chevrolet Sonic, which came second.

Naturally, we’ve all bought expensive things only to later regret them, which is partly why car leasing is so popular these days.

But one in 40 new cars are sold just a year later, which is an incredible stat. This means that more and more of us, when buying a new car, are guilty of making rash decisions without thinking things through.

Other cars on iSeeCars.com list of most regrettable new car purchases include the Dodge Charger (4) and the Mercedes-Benz C-Class (5). Four out of the 7 on the list were American cars, whilst 2 offenders were German.

Dodge And Fiat Play Frankenstein

Remember that time Fiat took the 500 to North America?

As part of the agreement, the Dodge Journey was sent to Europe where it was reimagined as the Fiat Freemont.

Then, the sexy Alfa Romeo Giulietta was de-sexified, made bigger and began to convince American buyers that it was a muscly beast called the Dodge Dart, and when quizzed about its real identity it grunted to people: “I don’t know what you’re talking about. Get outta here, ya bum.”

Then, in an act against nature, the Dodge Dart was sent packing back to Europe, where Fiat pulled it apart, made it sexy again, and christened it the Fiat Aegea.

Naturally, this kind of regeneration happens all the time in the automotive industry, but the Frankenstein-esque love triangle that has been played out by Fiat, Dodge and Alfa Romeo seems like a real whirlwind.

The Aegea was recently debuted at the Istanbul auto show, where it was well received.

But remember, if you ever get your hands on one, it was once a Dodge Dart. And before that, it was an Alfa Romeo Giulietta. And before that it was a Ford Sierra.

Okay, not really.

Peugeot Enters Africa

Peugeot is seeking to become the Kings of Africa, as the French brand ramp up plans to develop a car factory in Morocco.

Morocco is known to be low-cost, and Peugeot are desperate to expand their worldwide scope, with 60% of its 2014 vehicles sold in Europe. Just 5.8% of its 2014 sales were in Africa and the Middle East combined.

The plans – which are still largely under wraps – will be for the automotive giant to take small steps at first, and less than 100,000 cars will be produced per year in Tangiers for now.

Peugeot is Europe’s second-biggest carmaker at present, but it wants to make more headway in Africa. Presently, the French brand assemble the 301 in Nigeria, with plans to also assemble the 508 and the 308 in said country.

The brand also have plans to step up their game in China, as well as a number of other emerging markets, as their quest for World Domination gathers pace.

Peugeot are expected to make a public announcement in June.

Will Titterington
  • 22nd May 2015

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