Police: Man took hearse for joyride

Dec. 18, 2008 at 7:28 PM
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WEST PARK, Fla., Dec. 18 (UPI) -- Broward County, Fla., officials said an 18-year-old was arrested after he took a hearse from a church during a funeral and took it for a joyride.

Broward sheriff's deputies said Johnny Silfrain, 18, took the hearse, which still had the keys inside it, from the Gethsemane Missionary Baptist Church in West Park after the casket was removed from the back for the funeral, The Miami Herald reported Thursday.

Silfrain allegedly made a stop at his parents' home in Hallandale Beach before evading chasing police and heading back toward the church. The stolen hearse was soon met by sheriff's deputies, who fired at least two shots at the vehicle -- one of which struck Silfrain in the leg, authorities said.

Sheriff's officials said Silfrain was arrested after abandoning the hearse back at the church and fleeing into the still ongoing funeral service. He was taken to Memorial Regional Hospital in Hollywood to receive treatment for the gunshot wound. Authorities said charges had not yet been filed Wednesday.

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