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Photo: Man Awkwardly Gets Stuck In Storm Drain While Fleeing From Police
An alleged thief who attempted to steal a car fled from a sheriff's deputy—and wound up getting awkwardly stuck in a storm drain.
According to ABC 7, the suspect allegedly attempted to steal a vehicle in the 1800 block of Goodvale Road in Canyon Country around 5:30 p.m. Saturday when he was spotted by an off-duty Ventura County Sheriff's deputy. The suspect then tried to flee, and was chased by a deputy.
The suspect, identified by NBC L.A. as Josue Fernandez, ended up on the 2700 block of Walnut Springs Avenue, where he was found wedged into a storm drain.
Firefighters had to remove Fernandez from the drain before he was arrested, and booked at a nearby jail around 8 p.m. That leaves a couple of hours in the timeline there during which Fernandez was stuck in the drain. Wonder what he and the authorities talked about?
Perhaps Pennywise the clown offered him some candy he couldn't resist: