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January 14, 2014 at 2:12 PM

King County carjacker neglects to check gas gauge before driving off

We don’t need to tell you carjacking is a bad idea.

But carjacking a truck after it runs out of gas is just plain, well, stupid.

A 22-year-old Sultan man is behind bars for doing just that, according to the Washington State Patrol.

The State Patrol said the truck in question had run out of gas early this morning along  Highway 18 in South King County. The owner pulled over and called a family member for help.

The owner was napping in the driver’s seat at about 4:30 a.m. when the carjacker knocked on the window and told the owner he’d be shot if he didn’t surrender the truck, the State Patrol says. The owner offered no resistance, fled  and called police.

The thief managed to drive a short distance before the truck sputtered  then stalled, according to the State Patrol. He got out of the truck and began walking toward the owner and was soon greeted by State Patrol troopers.

He was arrested and booked into the King County Jail  for investigation of vehicle theft and robbery.

Troopers and dogs searched the area but found no weapon.

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