If you’re a movie fanatic or car buff you’ve probably watched Gone in 60 Seconds which is a 2000 American action heist film, starring Nicolas Cage, Angelina Jolie, Giovanni Ribisi, Christopher Eccleston, Robert Duvall, Vinnie Jones, and Will Patton.
In the movie, a reformed car thief (Cage) is given three days to steal 50 pristine autos for a crime kingpin in exchange for his brother’s life. For that to happen he rallies his own retired partners, including a heroin-chic hottie (Jolie) whose idea of a romantic drive starts with disabling The Club.
There’s no doubt that Gone in 60 Seconds is high-octane eye candy with a few redemptive moments. Check out the trailer.
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There’s a likelihood that the two Shasta County men, including one who admitted to stealing more than 500 cars during his life were inspired by this movie. The two were arrested early Wednesday following a wild police pursuit that reached speeds of nearly 100 mph.
Anderson Police reported on Facebook that Timothy Jack Parker, 32, of Cottonwood, and his passenger, Daniel William Harrington, 34, of Redding, were arrested and booked into Shasta County Jail. The authorities revealed that the episode began when the owner of a car dealership on North Street in Anderson reported shortly after midnight that a 2006 Jeep Wrangler had just been stolen from his car parking lot.
According to the owner, he said that he saw two men steal the vehicle via the business's surveillance system. Anderson Police Officers began searching the area for the vehicle, and an alert was sent out to other law enforcement agencies.
It wasn’t until around 1:20 a.m. when an Anderson Police officer was in the area of Highway 273 and Ox Yoke Road when he saw the stolen Jeep drive past him. The officer made several attempts to get behind the Jeep and attempted to conduct a traffic stop on it, but the driver wasn’t willing to pull over.
The pursuit which began from Anderson into Happy Valley reached speeds in excess of 90 mph, police said, adding there was little to no traffic on the roads. The Jeep drove westbound onto Happy Valley Road until it reached Triple S Drive. The Jeep vehicle took out a cattle gate head on, causing the gate to become affixed to the front of the Jeep.
After driving for about a quarter-mile Police said the Jeep became disabled and stopped. The Police officer ordered the occupants to surrender or his K-9, Aero, would be deployed to apprehend them, police said. It was then that they both complied and were taken into custody without incident.
Parker was arrested on suspicion of vehicle theft, felony evading a peace officer, evading a peace officer on the wrong side of the roadway, felony vandalism and a probation violation. Harrington was arrested on suspicion of vehicle theft and a probation violation.
The Jeep was released to its owner.
Parker was interviewed about his criminal history, and prior vehicle theft cases, saying Parker admitted to stealing vehicles since he was 12 and estimated he had stolen more than 500 cars in his lifetime between California and Nevada. He also revealed that he often would only keep a vehicle for 24 hours and then tries to sell them for a quick financial gain.