?Just about everyone who has played one of the Grand Theft Auto video games has had to stifle the urge to take make their virtual crime spree a reality. Who knows if Raymond Hall is a gamer, but his (alleged) exploits yesterday--including swiping a police cruiser from a Sheriff's deputy who pulled him over--sound like something straight from GTA: Vancouver.
According to variousreports, Hall was pulled over early Sunday morning near I-5 in Vancouver for a traffic violation. Rather than go quietly into the night, he abandoned his car and led a Clark County Sheriff's deputy on a brief foot chase. With the cop hot on his heels, Hall allegedly circled back around, hopped in the driver's seat of the patrol car and sped off.
The deputy didn't take kindly to Hall swiping his wheels, pulled his service weapon and fired a round through the window, wounding Hall in the shoulder. The deputy also claimed that Hall tried to run him over.
Hall ditched the cop car about a mile away in a subdivision. A police K-9 unit searched the area and "flushed out" Hall from a drainage ditch in which he was hiding. Somehow, he escaped again.
Hall ended up shirtless and with only one shoe on the doorstep of a nearby home, where he reportedly told the residents that his car had broken down and he needed to call a cab.
Police stopped the taxi a short time later and put Hall in handcuffs. He is charged with first-degree theft and first-degree assault. He also had an outstanding felony probation violation, and at least three wanted stars in his imaginary GTA game.