WEST POINT — A Henrico County man is facing multiple charges after the stolen fire truck he was driving broke down in West Point.
West Point police noticed the ladder fire truck at the intersection of Main and 14th streets with its headlights off about 1 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 8. The driver of the vehicle, Zachary Dalton Oakey, 20, was walking along the street nearby and asked police to call for a wrecker service. According to police reports, Dalton initially claimed to be a technician testing out the fire truck when it ran out of gas.
Further investigation revealed that Dalton's license had been suspended and he recently served jail time for the unauthorized use of a vehicle in relation to the theft of an ambulance in Henrico, Chief Bobby Mawyer explained Tuesday.
After being confronted by police, Oakey admitted to taking the 1993 Pierce Arrow fire truck from JakMax Auto Sales off West Broad Street in Richmond and claimed that he was on his way to meet a friend in New Kent County. He was charged with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, receiving stolen goods, resisting arrest, and driving on a suspended license.
As a result of his arrest in West Point, Oakey was also questioned by Richmond police detectives, Mawyer said. Grand larceny and breaking and entering charges may also be filed against him in relation to several incidents involving work truck thefts in the Richmond area.
Oakey is being held at the Middle Peninsula Regional Security Center in Saluda.
Lawson can be reached at 804-843-2284