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Video Shows Florida Man Driving Stolen Forklift As Police Pursue On Cross-County Chase

"It was definitely a sight that you don't see every day," one witness said.

By Jill Sederstrom

A Florida man's multi-county joyride on a forklift ended with handcuffs and criminal charges early Sunday morning.

Nicholas Powell, 22, allegedly led Clay County Sheriff's deputies on a low-speed chase through two counties in northeastern Florida after deputies say he stole a forklift from Sunbelt Rentals in Orange Park, according to ActionJax CBS 47.

Deputies received a call around 12:45 a.m. from someone who spotted a man driving a forklift erratically on the road noting that he "didn't look like a construction worker," according to the police report.

When deputies arrived, they tried to pull Powell over; however, he continued driving the forklift eluding officers.

The pursuit was caught on video and tweeted by ActionJax CBS 47 reporter Russell Colburn.

A witness, Justin Jean, told News 104.5 WOKV he was able to record a portion of the chase on his cell phone.

"It was definitely a sight that you don't see every day at 12:30-1 o'clock in the morning," he told the station.

While the incident was entertaining, Jean said it was also scary.

"He could've definitely done a lot of damage with that heavy equipment," he told 104.5 WOKV.

The pursuit eventually ended when Powell pulled off of the highway into a grass lot near a gas station, according to ActionJax CBS 47.

The Jacksonville man now faces a slew of charges related to the incident, including grand theft, fleeing and eluding police who had lights and sirens active, driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs and refusing a field sobriety test, according to the Miami Herald. He was also charged with trespassing on a construction site and a second offense of driving with a suspended license.

According to online jail records, he's being held at the Clay County jail on a bond of $29,010.

[Photo: Clay County Sheriff's Office] 

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