Tuesday, May 14, 2019
Florida Highway Patrol troopers received a call on Monday in Jacksonville to report that a Ryder moving truck had been stolen from a local casket company. When officers attempted to stop the truck after they spotted it, the driver took off.
The driver of the truck, identified as David Ayers, 39, led police on a mild ride down Interstate 295 for approximately 25 miles. “He was not driving in an erratic manner,” Sargent Dylan Bryan said, stating that he never went above the speed limit. The pursuit ended when the truck left the Interstate and stopped at a red light, where the troopers quickly apprehended the man.
Bryan said he was completely surprised to see the caskets in the storage compartment of the truck. Using a key from a funeral home just blocks away he was relieved to find out that all the caskets were empty. The truck also carried burglary tools and ripped out car wash vacuums. Ayers has been charged with auto theft, fleeing and eluding an officer, and driving while license suspended or revoked.
See Talia Kaplan, Man Arrested in Florida After Driving Stolen Truck with Caskets Inside, Highway Patrol Says, Fox News, May 13, 2019.