Drunk man accused of stealing jet fuel
I’ve got to give this drunk props for his creativity. A man decided to break into a small airport in San Jose, CA and tried filling his car up with jet fuel. His logic in thinking was since it’s used for racing cars that his car would go faster. What he didn’t know is that jet fuel is so heavily leaded that it will warp the valves of normal cars.
A man somehow got through the locked gates at Reid-Hillview Airport in East San Jose on Sunday night and started refueling his car at the self-serve pumps when San Jose police showed up.
There were three problems: One, the driver was not authorized to use the pump or its 40-foot hose. Two, he was drunk, according to police who arrested him on suspicion of DUI and attempted theft. And three, he was filling his tank with fuel formulated for airplanes.
"We've had people try and steal gas here in the past," said Jim Meide, who works in operations at the county-run facility. "It's really stupid. Put aviation gas in your car and it's so heavily leaded that eventually your valves warp and you'll end up with some very expensive repairs."
Police arrested Justin Rodebush, 20, about 8:30 p.m. Sunday night but wouldn't provide any more information Monday about the suspect or possible motives. Probably wasn't to save money, said Meide, pointing out that avgas, the aviation fuel in the pumps used for aircraft and race cars, goes for $5.97 a gallon, accessed by a credit card.
"Sometimes," he said, "these people have the notion that since it's racing fuel it'll make their car go faster."