The North Providence Police Department had their hands full on Wednesday when they were forced to chase down a stolen dump truck from a Pawtucket worksite.

According to Pawtucket police, 36-year-old Tasha Hayes of North Providence drove off with an oversized industrial dump truck from a job site at the intersection of Mineral Spring Avenue and San Antonio Way.

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After following the stolen dump truck to Church Street and Park Place, an officer jumped into the cab of the vehicle and managed to take over.

A seemingly dangerous move by the officer, but luckily, no injuries were reported.

WJAR observed the dump truck on George Street, and from the looks of it, the dump truck is a serious piece of equipment that Hayes managed to operate for roughly one mile down a busy street in Pawtucket.

Hayes has been charged with possession of a stolen vehicle, reckless driving, and disorderly conduct.

My question is why?

Hayes’ motives are unclear at this point, but why go through all that trouble to try and steal a dump truck?

The typical carjacking involves a desirable vehicle worth some serious cash. You don’t hear dump-truck-jacking very often.

An investigation is still underway to determine the motive behind the theft and to identify any potential accomplices. 

ABC 6 confirmed Hayes was arraigned on Thursday and was given a $10,000 bail. She is due back in court on December 21st.

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