36-year-old Lark Ann Freeman is a little on the nutty side. She believed the world was going to end last Friday in an apocalyptic earthquake at 11:11AM and so she did what any self-respecting nutcase would do in such a situation. She kidnapped 4 people and then led police on a high speed chase in a rented U-Haul truck. Because, you know, she had to save the world:
The incident unfolded around 9:45 a.m. when a park ranger noticed a 30-foot U-Haul truck straddling lanes near Alexander Avenue in the Headlands, said Alexandra Picavet, a spokeswoman for the Golden Gate National Recreation Area.
When the ranger tried to stop the truck, the driver took off and entered the one-way Bunker Road tunnel against the five-minute red light, Picavet said. The truck got through the tunnel without encountering oncoming traffic and continued toward the coast.
Sheriff’s deputies, Sausalito police and U.S. Park Police joined the chase, finally cornering the truck at the Bird Island overlook near Rodeo Cove. The driver and two passengers refused orders to get out of the U-Haul.
As police negotiators worked to resolve the standoff, a 74-year-old man climbed out of the truck cab and said he needed to use a restroom. He then told police that he had been lured into the truck from People’s Park in Berkeley on a promise of cigarettes — and that three other captives were being held in the back of the truck, according to Picavet.
Police eventually resolved the stand-off and the world failed to come to a cataclysmic end Friday morning. No word from Ms. Freeman on why the world didn’t end and what, exactly, she planned to use her captives for if it had.
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