BERKELEY COUNTY, S.C. (WCBD) – The man accused of stealing a Charleston Fire Department vehicle appeared in bond court Monday. 

“Why are you here?” the judge asked. 

“Because I stole a James Island fire truck and drove it to Goose Creek,” David Lathan replied.  

33-year-old David Lathan appeared before a Berkeley County judge Monday evening. He’s accused of stealing a City of Charleston Fire Department vehicle from a station on Folly Road. 

According to an affidavit, the Ford F-250 was tracked by GPS into Goose Creek, where police attempted to stop the vehicle. A pursuit began by the Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office. It eventually ended in downtown Charleston at the intersection of King Street and Morrison Drive.

But why did he do it? Here’s what he told the judge. 

“In order to make people realize that there’s spiritual things going on in this world and that people fail to realize it. God doesn’t want that anymore,” Lathan said. 

He also said he asked the vehicle itself for permission to drive it.  

“I did. I asked the vehicle. I’m not joking. God gave me the ability to speak to things. I asked the vehicle. There’s also things that are in that fire department that aren’t in physical form and I asked those things sir. I’m not crazy, I’m 100 percent sane,” Lathan said.  

Lathan also welcomed our cameras. 

“When this gets on TV, the devil cant hide in the dark anymore. People are going to start being held accountable for the things that they do. God gave me the authority to do that, man is refusing to see that authority, so they keep putting me in here,” said Lathan.

Lathan’s mother was in the courtroom asking for her son to go home with her. 

“That’s my son, I’m very proud of him, I love him, he’s smart, He’s got a lot of sense about his life. 

However, that’s not what happened and part of the reason is his criminal history.  

“You just recently had an assault and battery charge is that correct?” the judge asked. 

“Yes sir, against someone who is a Devil worshipper, yes sir,” Lathan replied.  

The judge set a $50,000 surety bond for both charges, something Lathan wasn’t happy about… 

“100 thousand dollar bond. You will be held accountable for that. You hear me, sir? Apparently you serve the Devil,” Lathan said. 

Latham’s next appearance is scheduled for April 12th.