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Soldier charged in 2018 military vehicle joyride arrested again

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Posted at 11:28 PM, Mar 01, 2022
and last updated 2022-03-02 11:51:16-05

RICHMOND, Va. -- The soldier accused of taking a military vehicle on a joyride in Richmond in 2018 has been arrested once again.

In the summer of 2018, Joshua Yabut became infamous in Richmond for driving a military vehicle through the city streets. A week ago, he was arrested again on one of those same streets — charged with obstruction of a rescue squad.

Police said a call for a woman suffering a medical emergency was underway in the 2700 block of West Grace. When paramedics and firefighters arrived, they claimed Yabut became disorderly and interfered with them giving aid.

He was arrested at the scene and charged with the misdemeanor.

During the infamous 2018 military vehicle chase, Yabut was charged with eluding, unauthorized use, and driving while intoxicated. He was found not guilty by the reason of insanity in August 2019and was ordered to be treated at Central State Hospital. He was granted a conditional release in January 2020.

"Information about the new conduct will go before judges in both Nottoway and Richmond City," CBS 6 legal analyst Todd Stone said.

"I would expect a judge to take this into consideration with his conditional release, and they have some options to hold him as a result of that. It's not the same power that a judge might have when they have five years suspended, but a judge can hold him in contempt for violating the conditional order of release if that's what he did and he will face a punishment with respect to the new charge," Stone said.

If he is convicted, Yabut could get six months in jail, up to a $1,000 fine, or both.

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