After his truck was stolen from his driveway, the owner took matters into his own hands, chasing his stolen truck, causing substantial damage, and landing himself in Potter County on aggravated assault.
On 5-16-15, at about 7:15 a.m., Amarillo police officers were sent to a home in the 1900 block of S. Seminole to investigate an auto theft. Officers learned that the victim left his 1997 GMC pickup in the driveway with the motor running when it was stolen.
At about 8:23 a.m., officers discovered what was initially believed was a three-car accident in the 800 block of S. Ross. Three damaged vehicles were in the roadway.
They found that the victim had seen his stolen pickup and followed it from near I-40 and Grand to S. Ross Street. At some point, the auto theft victim started ramming the rear and driver's side of the stolen black GMC pickup with the white GMC pickup that he was driving.
One of the collisions caused the driver of the stolen truck to lose control, leave the roadway, and strike a fence and two cars parked on parking lots adjacent to the intersection of 9th and S. Ross.
The stolen vehicle and following vehicle then got back on Ross, where there was a collision involving an uninvolved white Ford van that was traveling northbound on S. Ross. The driver of the van was not injured in the collision.
Responding officers initially took a man that was in the stolen pickup into custody. He was released pending investigation when officers found evidence that indicates that another person had initially stolen the vehicle but fled after the collision. Officers determined that the stolen auto complainant/driver was intentionally ramming his pickup with intent to assault the auto theft suspect.
The vehicle owner, Steven Don Craven, 36, was booked into the Potter County Detention Center on a charge of aggravated assault. Auto theft detectives are continuing the investigation into the original offense.