Sep 22nd, 2021
Paulozzi Joseph

Last June 24-year-old Randy Schiffbauer of Green, Ohio, was arrested after stealing an RV, running from the authorities, and slamming into several vehicles, including police cars. The chase involved both Summit County Sheriff’s deputies and the Ohio State Highway Patrol. The RV was ultimately immobilized, and Schiffbauer was eventually apprehended.

Since the pandemic, RVs have become homes on wheels. You can hit the road, see the sites, without worrying about hotel rooms or crowded restaurants. RVs can also be deadly machines, wreaking havoc on roadways. If you or a loved one have been injured due to an RV operator’s negligence, reach out to the Cleveland RV accident attorneys at Paulozzi LPA.

A Wild Ride

According to a press release from the Summit County Sheriff Department, this incident occurred on a Tuesday morning, around 10 a.m. A deputy responded to the report of a suspicious person on Greensburg Road in Green.

As the deputy arrived at the scene, the RV sped away from the scene with its doors still open. A power cord hung from the back of the vehicle, dragging along the street.

The deputy tried to pull the RV over, but the driver, Schiffbauer, refused to stop. The motorhome turned onto Arlington Road. The tires screeched, shedding rubber, as the rims dug into the pavement as Schiffbauer increased his speed to avoid arrest.

A witness at VanDevere Auto Outlet caught video of the chase on his phone and claims the RV “was coming up Arlington Road on steel wheels. They already hit him with the spike strip. I couldn’t believe he had made it that far.”

During the pursuit, it appears as if Schiffbauer intentionally rammed into several cars, including law enforcement vehicles. He drove through backyards before the RV got stuck, and he ran away on foot. An Ohio State Highway Patrol K9 unit ultimately apprehended Schiffbauer.

This is not Schiffbauer’s first wild joyride. In 2019, he stole a bulldozer from a construction site and drove into a house and several cars in a nearby Akron neighborhood. He was charged with breaking and entering, receiving stolen property, littering, vandalism, and criminal damaging property.

Schiffbauer was recently indicted for the RV incident on one count of robbery, four counts of felonious assault, one count of receiving stolen property, and one count of failure to comply with an order from a police officer.

No one was injured in either incident.

When Should I Contact A Lawyer?

After your vehicle is involved in a stolen vehicle crash, it is crucial to find out who should be held responsible for your losses. Responsible parties are accountable to pay compensation for all the damages. It usually comes down to two parties:

  • The Driver of a stolen vehicle involved in an accident is liable for paying all your damages and losses. This only works if the thief is caught by the authorities.
  • The Owner can be held liable if negligence or failure to prevent the vehicle’s theft can be proven. This is a rare option.

The Cleveland car accident attorneys at Paulozzi LPA know how to secure compensation for all related expenses. Contact us for a free consultation by clicking here or calling us at 888-710-0040.

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