GOLD BEACH, Ore. (December 9, 2013) A 58-year-old man learned the hard way how hard it is to manuever a tank when he tried to drive one up a steep grade near the coastal town of Gold Beach, Ore., state police said.
A local resident purchased the 50-ton 1969 Chieftain battle tank, but truck being used to transport the tank was unable to make it up the grade so the driver unloaded it at a turnout along U.S. Highway 101.
The owner's caretaker, Jeffrey Glossop of Pistol River, decided he could get the tank up the hill, however.
State Police Lt. Gregg Hastings says Glossop had the operator's manual, but says the tank slipped out of gear and rolled back down across the busy highway, crashing through a guardrail.
Glossop gave it another try, and the tank it rolled backward again through another guardrail and down an embankment.
Glossop was cited for reckless driving and first-degree criminal mischief.
Hastings said the tank is fine.