CONCORD — A Somerset County man was arrested Thursday after a woman who’d reported her truck stolen from her driveway found herself driving behind it.
According to the Somerset County Sheriff’s Office, Deputy Michael Lyman was dispatched to a residence on Jackson Pond Road in Concord Thursday morning after a woman reported that her 2002 Ford pickup truck, used for plowing, had been stolen.
The sheriff’s office said while waiting for the woman to return home, she called dispatch again to report that she was following her stolen pickup on Bert Berry Road and that an unknown man was behind the wheel.
After driving the pickup into the ditch, the suspect got out of the vehicle armed with a semiautomatic handgun, got into a car that was parked in a private driveway and drove off.
Lyman attempted to stop the vehicle but a chase ensued during which Lyman said the suspect threw a handgun out of the passenger window. The operator of the car eventually stopped and fled into a nearby residence but was found and arrested, police said.
He was identified as 26-year-old Michael Matthew Thomas of Concord.
Thomas now faces numerous charges, including theft by unauthorized use of property, eluding an officer, and possession of a firearm by a prohibited person. He is currently being held at Somerset County Jail.
The sheriff’s office said the loaded semiautomatic gun thrown from the vehicle during the pursuit was recovered.