iStock/Thinkstock(CONCORD, Calif.) — A California car salesman was in for the ride of his life after a customer test-driving the vehicle tried to steal it with him in it, police said.

The salesman, from a dealership in Concord, California, 30 miles northeast of San Francisco, was on a test drive with a customer on Monday, according to the Concord Police Department. The dealership, Lehmer’s Concord Buick GMC, made a copy of the suspect’s driver’s license before leaving, police said.

During the test drive, investigators say, the customer told the salesman that he was stealing the car, according to ABC station KGO-TV in San Francisco.

When the car reached the city of Pittsburg, about 10 miles away from Concord, “the victim was able to escape from the suspect by getting out of the car while it was stopped” and called the police, according to the Concord Police Department. The salesman is shaken up but okay, KGO-TV reported.

The suspect fled the area and was later apprehended by Antioch Police Department, Concord Police said. There was a police chase that ended in a crash, KGO-TV reported. Lehmer’s Concord Buick GMC did not immediately respond to a request for comment from ABC News.

Concord Police and Antioch Police did not immediately respond to a request for additional information from ABC News.

“The suspect was arrested and later transported to County jail for kidnapping, resisting arrest and for stealing a car,” Concord Police said Monday. “The suspect’s identity has not been confirmed at this time and we are unable to release any identifying information. This is still an on-going investigation and no additional information will be released to the public at this time.”

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iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — Convicted spy Jonathan Pollard has been granted release from prison by the U.S. Parole Commission, according to a U.S. official.

Pollard was sentenced to life in prison after being arrested in 1985 for stealing secrets for Israel. Laws at the time mandated eligibility for parole after serving 30 years, according to the Justice Department.

He is now set to be released on Nov. 21.

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Virgin Galactic(WASHINGTON) — The Virgin Galactic pilot who miraculously parachuted to safety after SpaceShipTwo disintegrated over the Mojave Desert last year felt as though something was trying to rip his helmet off as he fell to the ground.

Peter Siebold’s interview was included in a release Tuesday by National Transportation Safety Board. Following a nine month investigation, the agency shared their findings in the Oct. 31, 2014 accident, saying it was caused by “premature repositioning” of the spacecraft’s tail wings.

The two tail wings of the spaceship are supposed to move when the vehicle hits a certain speed — a process known as “feathering.” The co-pilot unlocked the feather early at a speed of Mach 0.8 instead of the intended speed of 1.4, triggering what Investigator in Charge Lorenda Ward called “catastrophic structural failure.”

While co-pilot Michael Alsbury died in the crash, Siebold was able to share his harrowing story of survival with investigators, beginning at the moment of the accident when he recalled experiencing the jolt of a “very violent, large pitch-up with high G’s and grunting noises.”

As the cabin tore apart, Siebold recalled hearing what sounded like “paper fluttering in the wind.”

When Siebold was outside the spacecraft, he told investigators he remembers hearing a high frequency whistling noise and realized his helmet and mask were twisted. Opening his eyes, he saw the desert below as he continued to fall in a stabilized position.

Since SpaceShipTwo was a test flight, there was a great deal of data recorded by Virgin Galactic and its partner, Scaled Composites, which investigators were able to analyze as a part of their investigation.

Though the executive summary, findings and probable cause were released Tuesday by the NTSB, the full 200-page report will not be released for a couple more weeks.

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Ingram Publishing(MAHWAH, N.J.) — Two employees who deliver cash to ATM machines in the Mahwah, New Jersey area “inadvertently” left behind $150,000 worth of cash in a satchel on a lawn during a recent stop, according to police.

Surveillance video from the area showed that shortly after the ATM delivery employees drove away, a white van drove up and a passenger from the vehicle steeped out, took the bag of money and drove away, the Mahwah Police Department said in a news release.

Cops said they are now looking for the suspect.

The Mahwah Police Department did not immediately respond to ABC News’ requests for additional information such as the identity of the ATM delivery employees or what company they work for.

The employees who accidentally left behind the $150,000 told police they realized the cash-filled satchel was missing only 15 minutes after they drove away, police said, adding that when they returned to the location to try and recover the bag, it was missing.

The white van, which appears to be a GMC Savana, is believed to have pulled into a nearby auto repair business, where the suspect who stole they money also tried to take used tires but was asked to stop by employees, police said in the news release that did not name the auto repair business.

Police described the suspect as a “dark skinned male wearing a tee-shirt and long white athletic shorts with some type of dark stripe down the thigh area.”

Anyone with additional information is asked to contact Mahwah Detective Michael Grassi or Eric Larsen at 201-529-1000 extension 216 or 217.

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G.N. Miller – Pool/Getty Images(PLATTSBURGH, N.Y.) — Former New York prison employee Joyce Mitchell pleaded guilty Tuesday to helping two prisoners escape from a maximum security prison in June.

Mitchell, who worked in the tailor shop at Clinton Correctional Facility, was jailed shortly after Richard Matt and David Sweat escaped on June 6.

Following a three-week manhunt, Matt was shot and killed. Sweat was captured soon after and jailed.

Mitchell, 51, pleaded guilty to first-degree promoting prison contraband and fourth-degree criminal facilitation. She faces a prison sentence ranging from two-and-a-third years to seven years.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The National Football League now has its first female coach.

The Arizona Cardinals scheduled a news conference for Tuesday where the team was expected to introduce Jen Welter, who has been hired as an assistant coaching intern for training camp and the preseason to work with inside linebackers, ESPN reports.

She is believed to be the first female coach in the NFL.

Welter, 37, became the first female coach in professional football in February when she joined the staff of the Texas Revolution in the Indoor Football League. A year before, she was the first woman to play a non-kicking position in a men’s professional football league when she suited up for the Revolution as a running back.

“She came for an OTA and I met her, and I thought she was the type of person that could handle this in a very positive way for women and open that door,” said head coach Bruce Arians.

Welter’s hire comes as women make small inroads into men’s professional sports. Earlier this year, the NFL hired Sarah Thomas as its first full-time female referee. Last year, the San Antonio Spurs hired Becky Hammon as an assistant coach, and she led the team to a championship as its summer league head coach this month.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The National Football League now has its first female coach.

The Arizona Cardinals scheduled a news conference for Tuesday where the team was expected to introduce Jen Welter, who has been hired as an assistant coaching intern for training camp and the preseason to work with inside linebackers, ESPN reports.

She is believed to be the first female coach in the NFL.

Welter, 37, became the first female coach in professional football in February when she joined the staff of the Texas Revolution in the Indoor Football League. A year before, she was the first woman to play a non-kicking position in a men’s professional football league when she suited up for the Revolution as a running back.

“She came for an OTA and I met her, and I thought she was the type of person that could handle this in a very positive way for women and open that door,” said head coach Bruce Arians.

Welter’s hire comes as women make small inroads into men’s professional sports. Earlier this year, the NFL hired Sarah Thomas as its first full-time female referee. Last year, the San Antonio Spurs hired Becky Hammon as an assistant coach, and she led the team to a championship as its summer league head coach this month.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The driver of a limousine bus in New York was fired after he was caught scrolling and texting on his phone while behind the wheel.

Amanda Castellano posted a video to Facebook on Sunday appearing to show the driver texting while driving. She said she was among a group on their way to the Hamptons.

“I was furious,” she said. “I couldn’t believe that a man who had 45 lives in his hands would do something so serious.”

The company said the driver was fired after the incident.

“To all of our valued clients and followers. I want you to know that we take safety very seriously and it is our number one priority,” M and V Limousines Ltd. said in a Facebook post. “We have zero tolerance for texting/distracted driving as it is not only against the law but against our policies. When I was made aware of it the driver was fired immediately.”

In 2013, more than 3,000 people were killed in car crashes involving distracted drivers, which includes driving while eating, drinking, using a GPS, or adjusting the radio, according to Distraction.gov.

“Something can be established where you can’t do illegal things, text and drive, especially when you have these lives in your hands,” said Castellano.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The driver of a limousine bus in New York was fired after he was caught scrolling and texting on his phone while behind the wheel.

Amanda Castellano posted a video to Facebook on Sunday appearing to show the driver texting while driving. She said she was among a group on their way to the Hamptons.

“I was furious,” she said. “I couldn’t believe that a man who had 45 lives in his hands would do something so serious.”

The company said the driver was fired after the incident.

“To all of our valued clients and followers. I want you to know that we take safety very seriously and it is our number one priority,” M and V Limousines Ltd. said in a Facebook post. “We have zero tolerance for texting/distracted driving as it is not only against the law but against our policies. When I was made aware of it the driver was fired immediately.”

In 2013, more than 3,000 people were killed in car crashes involving distracted drivers, which includes driving while eating, drinking, using a GPS, or adjusting the radio, according to Distraction.gov.

“Something can be established where you can’t do illegal things, text and drive, especially when you have these lives in your hands,” said Castellano.

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Patrick Smith/Getty Images(INDIANAPOLIS) — Jeff Gordon’s swan song at Indianapolis Motor Speedway did not go as well as he would’ve liked.

Gordon, a native of Indiana who’s currently in his final season as a full-time Sprint Cup Series driver, finished 42 out of 43 Sunday in the Crown Royal Presents the Jeff Kyle 400 at the Brickyard. His No. 24 car had suffered damage in an accident 50 laps into the race, causing him to fall behind.

After the race, NASCAR.com reports, the four-time Cup champ said, “I feel like we showed up here with a car that had some speed in it. Then we didn’t qualify very good and that was disappointing.”

“Even though we weren’t good at the start we made up some spots and I thought we were going to be in a position to make some gains,” he added. “I don’t know if we had a winning car or top-five car but I was looking forward to see what we did have.”

Gordon has won the Brickyard 400 a record five times during his career.

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