Sunday, December 26, 2010

Merry Carjackmas

Aaron Clay Tanner has some unique if dangerous methods for coping with holiday depression and stress. On Dec 17 around 5 pm, after allegedly stabbing his mother numerous times, Tanner pushed her out of their car on the 14 Freeway at the interchange with the 5 Freeway. Tanner headed north on the 14 and exited at the Newhall Avenue off-ramp, and then immediately after leaving the off-ramp, smashed into another vehicle in the park-and-ride lot. Tanner's car was rendered inoperable, so he promptly carjacks a gal in her PT Cruiser, with her 4-year-old son inside.

A deputy spotted the PT Cruiser about four miles away, where Tanner had rear-ended another vehicle and then backed into a tree, disabling the stolen PT Cruiser. As the deputy approached, Tanner then leaps out of the smashed Cruiser and...circled around and steals the deputy’s patrol car. The deputy immediately alerted other cops and a nearby LASD helicopter.

So now Tanner's in the stolen cop car, driving wildly through Saugus, with deputies in pursuit. Then poor Mr. Tanner makes another mistake: moving at a high rate of speed he headed into a cul-de-sac, where he crashes the cop's car into a 4-foot block wall, breaks through the embankment and...then careens down a hill about 100 feet, rolling the car several times. Finally Tanner reaches the bottom of the hill, where the patrol vehicle bursts into flames. ...But the phunn's not over yet.

The cops run to bust Tanner and... Tanner reaches for a cop shotgun, and they wrestle with Tanner in the cop car, and he bites several cops as they attempt to handcuff him. Eventually they take him out with a Taser, and carry him off to the hospital in critical condition. Regardless, he'll be booked on charges of attempted murder, kidnapping, carjacking, attempted carjacking, auto theft, assault with a deadly weapon, evading arrest, and felony hit-and-run with injuries. And you think you got problems.
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