Man arrested in theft of cop car
A 26-year-old Taylor driver was arrested Monday night after police say he plowed over lawns, hit trees, smashed into a utility pole and struck another driver before jumping into a squad car of police officers investigating the crash, police said.
Taylor police say he surrendered only after losing control of the cruiser and landing in a snowbank.
The man, who is suspected of operating under the influence, allegedly hit a vehicle on Telegraph and left the scene before driving into a neighborhood near Wick, “where he drove over lawns, struck trees and then hit an utility pole before he crashed into a vehicle driven by a 17-year-old New Boston teen,” police said in a statement late Monday.
The man fled on foot before officers responded, police said. But while emergency personnel were on scene, he returned “out of view” and jumped into a police cruiser while officers were interviewing a witness a few feet away, officials said.
“One of the officers saw him enter the car and he attempted to apprehend the suspect,” police said in the statement. “The suspect put the car into reverse dragging the officer several yards before falling to the ground. The officer was not injured.”
As another officer chased him, the suspect lost control of the police car in the snowbank. Police did not indicate where in the city the car came to rest.
The suspect, whose name has not been released, was expected to be arraigned Tuesday or Wednesday in Taylor’s 23rd District Court.
The 17-year-old was treated at a local hospital for minor injuries and a possible head injury, police said.