Self-proclaimed 'crazy old hippie' jumps in own stolen truck to get it back

A self-proclaimed "crazy old hippie" in western Wisconsin took the ride of his life in the bed of his own Ford F-150 to retrieve it from a truck thief.

Viroqua, Wis. 55-year-old Dwight Zietlow told the LaCrosse Tribune his pickup was stolen more than 3 weeks ago, but he remained on the lookout for it. Sure enough, on Friday afternoon, he saw it, and hopped in the back after blocking it at an intersection with his other car. He then spent over half an hour lying in the bed at 70 miles an hour down a rural road as the driver did donuts and drove through ditches in attempt to throw him from the truck.

Zietlow told the paper he didn't know what was going to happen and he didn't think this was the way he was going to die, so he just held on for the ride and tried to remain calm, throwing various items from the back to create a trail and alert police. Also so the various items would stop pelting him in the process. He did suffer a chainsaw wound that required 7 stitches during the ordeal.

Vernon County Sheriff John Spears called the retrieval a "bizarre" effort, but the driver, Cory Sobkowiak has been apprehended in Hokah, Minn. Near Esofea, Zietlow saw Sobkowiak bail, leaving the truck running through a field with Zietlow inside. Once he realized what happened, a series of possibilities crossed his mind, including climbing into the cab, but he decided to just hang on.

The truck crashed into trees, throwing Zietlow from the truck, hit a playground set and stopped without hitting a nearby propane tank. Zietlow didn't walk away uninjured, but was able to walk his daughter down the aisle at her wedding on Saturday.

Originally, he said he wasn't confident police would find the truck, which was totaled. He won't be able to use it for his landscaping business, but at least he knows where it is.

Full story: LaCrosse Tribune

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