A bizarre car theft Saturday morning ended up with the suspect in the hospital and a $33,000 vehicle now worthless.
It happened at a car dealership on Nimitz Hwy. at 6:15 a.m., and while no one was actually chasing the suspect, he sped off and rammed the 2008 Cadillac Escalade into a concrete pillar.
The folks at the car dealership are scratching their heads at how the whole thing happened.
First, how the suspect survived the crash and second, how he even got the keys in the first place.
The suspect, surprisingly, survived, although witnesses believe he was knocked out of his shoes from the crash.
“Just an odd situation in a very short time,” said Charlie Wong, Honolulu Auto Group general manager. “This all went down and destroyed my car.”
Wong said that just after six in the morning, a man drove the Escalade out of the lot.
“He came speeding out of here, and this is kind of out of control, ’cause … he almost clipped my trailer.”
While the Escalade missed the trailer, Wong said the suspect plowed into another Cadillac on the way out of the lot.
“And then he sped off … and somehow, he turned around, went down a couple of blocks and ran into the pillar.”
The suspect only made it a couple of blocks before crashing the car — why he was speeding off isn’t clear to Wong.
“Nobody was chasing him because nobody called me and said ‘hey, somebody just stole the car.’ I only found out about it once it was wrecked (that) the police contacted us.”
How did the suspect even drive the car in the first place? “That’s what we’re trying to figure out,” Wong said. “We don’t know how he even got the keys. I don’t know if he snuck into the building or we just don’t know.
“I’ve been in the car business 20 years,” he said. “I’ve never had a situation like this before. It’s very odd. It’s not a common occurrence.”
The 27-year-old suspect was arrested by police at 8:08 a.m. for car theft and driving under the influence.
He was taken to Queen’s Medical Center in serious condition.