An 18-year-old drunk British soldier stationed at Camp Hohne in Germany decided to go for a 4 am joyride after his night of binge drinking. The soldier chose a “safe” ride, at least safe for him. His vehicle of choice was a tank. Two tanks in fact.
His vehicle wasn’t a full tank; it was a Scimitar which is an armored reconnaissance vehicle (or light tank). The soldier jumped into one tank, drove it around a bit, but got the tank stuck. Once stuck the soldier must have decided “hey, I know where I can get another one”. He returned to the camp and stole a second tank.
The soldier attempted to drive the tank to Bergen, Germany. I can only imagine the fun he could have with a tank in city limits. A few years back, I saw a great video on the nightly news of a rouge tank driving through a San Diego suburb (and I mean THROUGH)! On the way the drunken soldier ran one car off the road, ran a military police vehicle off the road, and then lost control of the tank crashing it into a tree. Apparently the Scimitar is not powerful enough to run over a tree. The soldier was arrested.
“We all got the giggles when we read this,” British Army spokesperson Helga Heine told The Local. “But stealing a vehicle is a serious offense it will be dealt with accordingly.” I see the brig and a possible court martial in the soldier’s future. When he gets out, he’ll have a very humorous “what I did when I got drunk” story!
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