Paraplegic man stole car from Florida dealership, police say

Man arrested after brief chase in Ocala

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OCALA, Fla. - A paraplegic man stole a vehicle from an Ocala dealership before leading officers on a brief chase, according to police.

He was arrested a short time later Wednesday when Alachua County Sheriff's deputies spotted him at a gas station.

Police say the man went to Ford of Ocala to purchase a vehicle. A salesman showed him around and he decided on a white 2009 Pontiac G6.

Police say the salesman helped the man into the car so he could see how the car felt. But once inside, he locked the doors, turned on the vehicle, put the end of a folding cane on the gas pedal and drove away from the lot, police say.

The dealership notified police.

He faces a possible charge of grand theft auto.

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