Suspect Arrested After Stealing UHP Cruiser

Suspect Arrested After Stealing UHP Cruiser

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(Salt Lake City-AP) -- The Utah Highway patrol says a drunken-driving suspect tried to make a getaway in a stolen Utah Highway Patrol vehicle, but he was arrested a short while later.

A trooper had pulled the man over on a traffic violation early yesterday. The man, in his 20s, was arrested for outstanding warrants and possible drunken driving.

The suspect was sitting in the front seat of the patrol car with his hands handcuffed behind him, and the officer was searching the man's car. The suspect slipped the handcuffs down around his feet, crawled into the driver's seat and took off.

The patrol car was found a few blocks away, with the lights still going.

Authorities already knew the man's address, where they found and arrested him.

(Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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