We don't claim to be criminal masterminds here, but we think we can offer two pieces of advice: If you're going to try to carjack somebody, pick ANYONE other than a person in a police uniform.
Just as a corollary to that, if you do somehow manage to attempt (and fail) to carjack a uniformed police department employee, don't jump in your car and follow him...as he drives to the freaking police station.
Luckily for society as a whole, Pernell Dwayne McCardell, 33, didn't follow these simple rules in Hitchcock early Sunday morning.
The Galveston County Daily News reports that McCardell and another man flagged down Brandon Scott, 18, a uniformed dispatcher for the Hitchcock PD, as he was headed home from the late shift about 2 a.m. Sunday.
When he stopped, they tried to carjack him. Apparently the thinking was "Okay, we can't carjack an actual cop, so we'll settle for this guy in a police-looking uniform."
Scott pulled away, as the pair tried to jump in the back of his pickup. The two then hopped in a car and followed him.
Scott, no dummy (and also, obviously, someone who knows how to work police calls) had contacted the Hitchcock police and drove to the station.
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When McCardell and his partner pulled up to see him talking to an officer, they took off. Not for long, though:
With a patrol unit behind them, the passenger jumped from the car and ran about 50 feet into the hood of a patrol car, where he was captured, [HPD chief Clay] Kennelly said.
Another officer chased the driver, who stopped about two blocks from the police station, Scott and Kennelly said.
"He tries to jump a steep ditch along (state) Highway 6, but he lands wrong on the other side and dislocates his hip and brakes a femur," Kennelly said. "He's sprawled out in a lane on Highway 6, and fortunately a car missed him."
"Ran about 50 feet into the hood of a patrol car"? Interesting.
McCardell was the passenger; the driver was taken to the hospital. He has yet to be charged, so his name has not been released.