Raleigh man faces DWI charge after stealing street sweeper for joyride, police say

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GARNER, N.C. (AP/WNCN) – A Raleigh man is facing several charges after he stole a street sweeper and went on a joyride at a Garner shopping mall, police say.

Garner police said that 39-year-old Jason Lee Robinson was arrested Sunday and charged with felony larceny, driving while impaired and hit and run.

Authorities say Robinson took the $50,000 vehicle while its driver was emptying trash cans on Saturday night.

Police say he then used it to drive in circles around a Garner shopping mall parking lot, damaging a curb, bushes and another vehicle.

Robinson was caught at White Oak Shopping Center after the street sweeper ran over a median and came to a stop, officials said.

Arrest records indicate Robinson works for North Carolina State University.

It wasn’t immediately known if he had an attorney.

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