Stealing gas is a bad idea. Using a homemade electrically-powered device to steal gas from other people's cars is a very bad idea.

Mesa, Arizona police say Herbert C. Ridge was doing just that when his spark of innovation actually sparked and ignited the fuel being siphoned. According to reports, Ridge's shirt caught fire and he rolled in the street in an effort to extinguish the flames. Having no luck, Ridge, still on fire, raced back to his truck for a getaway attempt.

Getting into a vehicle while on fire is not, by the way, a recommended method of extinguishing flames. Ridge discovered this the hard way and, as documented by surveillance camera video, leaped from his now-flaming truck and attempted to flee on foot. The truck also continued its escape attempt.

A neighbor chased after and caught the badly-burned Ridge. The truck, after trying to hide in a nearby house's garage, exploded, damaging the structure and ultimately revealing its poorly-chosen hiding spot. reports that Ridge is recovering from the burns at a local hospital and could face charges of theft, DUI, felony criminal damage and, not surprisingly, possession of dangerous drugs.

Check out a local news video of the spectacle below.

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      • 2 Years Ago
      Dumbass got what he deserves, I only feel for whoever's garage that was.
      • 2 Years Ago
      I think these people need a crash course on what "exploding" means...
      • 2 Years Ago
      You can't make this stuff up..... The dumbthug of the week award goes to this idiot.
      • 2 Years Ago
      He almost earned a full Darwin Award. Damn.
      tinted up
      • 2 Years Ago
      "...possession of dangerous drugs." Dangerous?
      Actionable Mango
      • 2 Years Ago
      My motorcycle's electric fuel pump resides INSIDE the gas tank. Please someone tell me why that's safe.
      • 2 Years Ago
      $5 says this guy drives on sidewalks to avoid school buses...
      • 2 Years Ago
      I don't know what part of this story makes me madder, the fact that he didn't die, that he destroyed an innocent mans property or the fact that there's a 90% chance his medical care will be entirely dumped on the hospital to cover. Eugenics needs a 2nd look....
      • 2 Years Ago
      Hahaha! FIrst, I imagined for some reason that there would be a video of this like a camera followed the guy around. Someone contact that Taiwanese company that creates reproductions of events using 90s era computer models to have a go at this story. I'm laughing just thinking about it.
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'm sure this waste deserves all his current pain x1000. He doesn't deserve pain meds or hospitalization but jail and in months, sweet death. Palin country, minus the o. :-) Cun...
      Richard Nygaard
      • 2 Years Ago
      He probably thought himself pretty clever as he built that electric gas stealing device. I can just see him thinking, man this is the best just think of all the gas I'll steal. BOOM!!!
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'm hoping this clown also gets some mental therapy for being so stupid in the first place.
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