Police have arrested a Texas man after he allegedly stole an electric shopping cart from an area Walmart and decided to take it for a joyride on the highway, according to Longview News-Journal.
Edward Mark Dickard, 52, was picked up when officers found him driving the cart on U.S. 259 just north of the city limits of Longview, Texas. Authorities learned of the theft when Walmart employees called it in, which led to a slow motion chase down the highway.
Police dash cam footage actually shows the man participating in his strange journey and interacting with an officer, which you can see below.
Dickard has been charged with theft of property measuring more than $2,500 but less than $30,000, which is considered a felony in the state of Texas. The cart is valued at around $4,000. He is being held on a surety bond of $2,500.
Oddly, Edward Dickard is a licensed Baptist minister, operating his own ministry in town. Longview News-Journal has also indicated that he may be homeless, though arrest records say otherwise, listing a permanent address. Dickard may also be dealing with mental health issues. In the past, Longview police officers used their own money to buy him a bus ticket to a Dallas hospital so he could seek psychiatric care.
According to court records, Dickard has been arrested twice in the past month, both times for criminal trespassing.
As noted by WTHR, authorities have not indicated why the 52-year-old decided to make off with the shopping cart.
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