Wanted man hitches ride with plainclothes police officer

Feb. 13, 2014 at 2:07 PM

VERONA, Italy, Feb. 13 (UPI) -- Italian police said a man on the run for nine months is behind bars after hitching a ride with a motorist who turned out to be a plainclothes officer.

Carabinieri police said the 37-year-old Romanian man was hitchhiking near Verona this month when a plainclothes officer felt he looked "wrong" and decided to pick him up, ANSA reported Thursday.

The officer pretended to be giving the man a ride home, but instead took him to the police barracks, where he unsuccessfully attempted to flee, police said.

Investigators determined the man had been wanted since May on charges including aggravated theft, robbery, receiving stolen property and drunk driving. Prosecutors said he is now facing up to three years in prison.

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