The incident in California ended when the idiot managed to center his M60A3 on a Jersey barrier (concrete divider between lanes of traffic... probably have a differant name in your country) and an Army veteran turned police officer realized the yahoo had failed to combat lock the TC hatch on the turret.
When I was stationed in Germany we had an incident of a young private (wheeled vehicle mechanic type) being ordered to move an Abrams by the motor pool sergeant. Kid had never seen a tank, let alone possess a license to drive one. He immediately placed the vehicle in reverse and backed over the front half of the NCO who ordered him to's BMW!
No its true ...the fella did get half way across the channel...fuel was very low ,so he turned around and returned to shore.....however he did not know he had a few jerry cans of fuel in the rear of the stalwart...
yes he went on to work for a well known fuel company in sunny scotland..