20 Years ago: Tank rampage in San Diego

U-T San Diego has published a story commemorating an incident from 20 years ago in which an M60 tank was stolen from a National Guard armory and driven through a San Diego neighborhood.   The driver of the tank, an former army serviceman named Shawn Nelson who had a history of drug and alcohol abuse, led police on a 23 minute chase which caused extensive property damage.  Much of the rampage was captured on video by helicopters and later aired repeatedly on cable TV shows.  The chase ended when Nelson lost a track trying to climb a concrete highway barrier.  The tank was boarded by police officers and Nelson was shot and killed after refusing to surrender.  According to the article, Shawn Nelson had fallen victim to methamphetamine addiction, which very likely played a role in his decision to take a tank for a joyride.

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