This leads to a car chase inside the encampment; the police fire automatic weapons at the tow truck, which frightens the prisoners who are hiding in the cafe.
Eventually, Crabs crashes but manages to elude the police on foot.
Time drags on, and Crabs makes several attempts at escape that are thwarted.
Foregoing an attempt to climb a fence he discovers is electrified, he locates the tires he needs but learns his gas has been drained.
The Drive-In is, of course, an allegory for the junk values of the eighties, which our hero sees as a prison.
The last 20 minutes of the film - the escape - is the desperate blazing climax, but the whole film has a feeling of high style, of heightened or enhanced reality - a little bit over the top, but retaining a reality that the public will accept.
The song during the rolling credits is "Playing With Fire" by Lisa Edwards.