A young Sultan man may have made a bad move early Tuesday morning when he tried to carjack a car that was out of gas.
A woman had run out of gas and was stranded on SR 18 near Auburn, waiting for a family member to come help, and was napping in the cab when the young man approached her.
He allegedly threatened to shoot her and told her to get out of the truck, whereupon he got in and tried to drive away. In the meantime, she ran and called 911.
The truck proved more recalcitrant than its owner, traveling just 50 feet before sputtering to a stop. The would-be carjacker got out of the truck and began walking toward the truck’s driver, but by then police were pulling up.
The man, 22, was arrested for vehicle theft and robbery.