Suspect flees in a police cruiser

Aug. 9, 2011 at 4:30 AM
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DOLLARD-DES-ORMEAUX, Quebec, Aug. 9 (UPI) -- Police in Canada said a man arrested for a driving infraction escaped by stealing a police vehicle.

Officers in Dollard-des-Ormeaux, Quebec, said the 33-year-old man, whose name was not released, was arrested at 4 p.m. Saturday at the corner of Sources and Roger Pilon boulevards and somehow managed to drive off in the patrol car, The (Montreal) Gazette reported Monday.

An officer attempted to follow the vehicle in a taxi cab, but the suspect fled at a high speed, police said.

Police used a GPS tracker installed in the vehicle and discovered it had been abandoned about 10 minutes after the theft.

Police said they were searching for the suspect and investigating how he was able to get control of the patrol car.

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