Running on Empty: AWOL Soldier Arrested After Stolen Humvee Runs Out of Gas

A soldier has learned in a very personal way the perils of gas guzzlers. Private Sean Johnson reportedly decided to go AWOL and grabbed a Humvee to make his escape. He was arrested down the road with an out-of-gas Humvee as eco-friendly AWOL soldiers zoomed by in their Minis.

The deputy who encountered Johnson asked to see his paperwork to explain why he was driving around in a military vehicle. He called the Army and learned that Johnson was literally running on empty.

For future soldiers contemplating going AWOL, here are a few useful statistics. A standard humvee holds 25 gallons of fuel. Without added armor, the Humvee can make 13.5 mpg. That gives it a range of 300 miles.

However, grabbing the colonel’s Toyota Prius will get you up to 50 mpg, though some Prius owners have questioned that figure, here. When available, the most AWOL-enabled vehicle will be Chevy’s Volt at 230 mpg, here.

Johnson is likely a new convert to green technology but he will first have to deal with grand theft charges in addition to AWOL charges.

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8 thoughts on “Running on Empty: AWOL Soldier Arrested After Stolen Humvee Runs Out of Gas”

  1. AY, thanks for the link- I’ve put a shortcut in my desktop shortcut folder and will use it, it looks like a valuable site.

    “Jimmy Vaughan was the original trouble maker.” Much like The Killer was the original troublemaker in his family 🙂 I got to listen to a lot of Jimmy Vaughan’s music when the better half decided to study ‘the blues’, 24-7 for about a year. He is an outstanding musician.

  2. It is free by the way. I typed in London Homesick Blues and it has a genre for that as well. Go figure, no self respecting Texan would not know that that is the theme song to Austin City Limits.

    A side note, I went to see Stevie Ray Vaughan 11 times I recall 2 well enough………..But that was the late 70 and early 80’s times do change….

    Jimmy Vaughan was the original trouble maker.

  3. Lotta K,

    I found a great internet radio for the cell it also has an application for the computer. It is called Pandora.com all you have to do is type in the name of the song or the artist. Poof there is it.

    http://www.pandora.com/#/stations/create/

    It is great for the cell. Streams well.

  4. Curses! AY, LOL, you beat me to it!!

    [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5OwkQPSsIxc&hl=en_US&fs=1&]

  5. FYI: a Chevy Volt will go 40 miles on a fully charged battery. After that it runs on gasoline, and with a full tank, can go an additional ~260 miles, for a total range of about 300 miles.

    The new 2010 plug-in Prius can run about 12 miles on a fully charged battery, and after that it runs on gasoline for a total range that is again about 300 miles.

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