A Florida man was nearly hit by a train after stealing a car and getting it stuck on railroad tracks.
The man, 38-year-old Bradford Weitzel of Port. St. Lucie, apparently stole a car to find his car.
Police in Martin County, a town located about 50 miles north of West Palm Beach, said the man stole a black Honda Fit in a “good faith” effort to find his own vehicle after leaving a bar in the early morning hours.
However, the man got stuck on railroad tracks near N.E. Church Street and Indian River Drive in Jensen Beach and had to jump out of the vehicle to avoid colliding with the oncoming train, which plowed through the car and sent it flying into an adjacent home.
Vehicle owner Joe William Ceballos, who used the car for a cleaning service business, said he “thought it was a movie” after hearing about the incident.
“They are saying someone stole the car, and I said, ‘That’s impossible because it’s at the business,’” Ceballos said. “Then when she sends me the picture of the car flipped at the owner’s house, I’m like, ‘oh my God!’”
Martin County Sheriff’s Office said that following the crash, Weitzel attempted to steal a forklift. He also vandalized a fruit stand in the process. He was then arrested by responding deputies after letting “them know he was looking for his car.”
The homeowners were uninjured by the collision of the car, but were clearly shaken up by the “explosive sound” of a car smashing into the side of their home, police said.
Weitzel faces charges of grand theft auto and criminal mischief, along with additional charges.
The sheriff’s office prefaced their description of the bizarre episode by saying: “No title could explain this case, but the details will … well, it’s best to just read on.”