In a case of reality nearly imitating art, a Florida man armed with a pink handgun attempted to evade police in a stolen Toyota Prius, but the police had little trouble apprehending the perpetrator when he crashed attempting a high-speed escape.
Perhaps if 19-year-old Jean Sugri had the new better handling 2016 Prius, as Toyota suggested in its Super Bowl ad, he might have had a better chance, but he did give it a go.
“The suspect vehicle speeds were on average of 90 to 110 miles per hour as we continued east on W. Colonial Drive,” says the arrest report of an after 3-a.m. Sunday chase by Orange County, Florida sheriffs. “The suspect vehicle ran the red light at W. Colonial Drive and Dillard Street and continued east into Ocoee City Limits.”
According to the Orlando Sentinel, when he emerged from the crashed vehicle, he raised his hands, and out of his pocket fell a pink Taurus .38 handgun.
Coincidentally – or not? – the robbers in Toyota’s advert which it has subsequently made private on YouTube, but which has been mirrored below, were wearing not the usual black face masks, but rather pink ones were on their heads.
“The serial number on this handgun was unreadable and appeared to be removed or attempted to be altered,” an arrest report said. “The handgun did have six .380 rounds in the magazine.”
Police had initially sought and caught up to the suspect after being alerted to look for a stolen Prius, and reports of man with a pink gun robbing a person in Lake County before heading east in a Prius.
A number of charges have been filed, including fleeing or eluding police, robbery with a firearm and grand theft, and the accused is being held in Orange County Jail.