It's gotta suck when your first attempt to drive a stick shift happens as you're fleeing the scene of a crime you’ve just committed.

Just ask Devin Michael Saucedo from Las Cruces. According to LC’s finest, Saucedo walked into the Walgreens on E. Lohman shortly after noon on Wednesday, Jan. 24, jumped the pharmacy counter, pointed a gun at the employees and demanded oxycodone and promethazine with codeine.

The 22-year-old then tried to jack a car, but his escape was thwarted when it turned out the car had a manual transmission and Saucedo didn’t know how to drive a stick. So he switched gears (pun intended), pulled the gun on the driver, forced him back into the car and demanded he be driven home.

After the motorist dropped him off at his crib near the Walgreens he’d just robbed, he called 911.

Saucedo was charged with various felonies including armed robbery and kidnapping, and is currently being held at the Dona Ana County Detention Center, where he is no doubt being ridiculed by other prisoners and getting offers to let him practice on their stick shift.

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