Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Man in suspected stolen truck asks police for directions

Mack El

A New Jersey man trying to get to Virginia from Alabama was arrested along the way. In Indiana. In a suspected stolen vehicle. After asking a uniformed police officer for directions.

Mack El, 47, of Asbury Park, N.J., stopped Indiana State Police Trooper Tommy Walker at 9:35 p.m. Monday at a rest stop on Interstate 65 near Edinburgh.

“He waved me down carrying an Indiana map,” Walker said. “And said he wanted to get to Richmond, Virginia.”

Walker said he checked to make sure El didn’t mean Richmond, Ind.

El told Walker, who was in uniform and driving a police car, that he had left Alabama in search of Virginia, the officer said.

El also asked Walker about travel times to Richmond, Ind.; Richmond, Va.; and Indianapolis.

Walker gave the man directions to Virginia.



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