VIDEO: Man Steals Police Car

Dash cam video released Thursday from a stolen Summerville, South Carolina police cruiser shows a suspect fighting a police officer then crashing the stolen car into a landscaping truck at a high rate of speed.

According to police, the incident started last Friday when 38-year-old Arthur Lee Thompson attempted to steal a computer from a Summerville Wal-mart.

When confronted, Thompson allegedly punched the store's loss prevention officer in the mouth. Authorities then put out an alert for Thompson's green Jeep. Officers spotted his vehicle and made a traffic stop. Dash cam video from the stolen police cruiser shows Thompson exiting his Jeep, disobeying the officer's commands and then attacking an officer.

According to the incident report, the officer tased the suspect twice, first when Thompson started fighting him and again once he was in the police cruiser, attempting to steal it. Thompson wasn't affected by the taser and then drove off in the stolen car at speeds of over 100 mph.

The dash cam video shows Thompson weaving in and out of traffic, running through several red lights and making erratic maneuvers. The high-speed chase ended when Thompson crashed the cruiser into a landscaping truck attempting to make a left hand turn. .

Thompson is then heard and seen trying to escape from the wrecked police cruiser. He shattered a window in the car in an attempt to escape, but failed, and was arrested. The victim in the landscaping truck was taken to a hospital. Thompson was transported to MUSC for treatment. Neither had serious injuries.A toxicology report shows that Thompson tested positive for cocaine base.


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  • by I. Arlyin Location: Florida on May 22, 2011 at 02:48 PM
    The cop shouldn't have left his keys in the car. This is the cops fault. This person wanted to show his butt and try to get away regardless if he was a danger to any one or not.He needs several more charges tacked on to him. And the cop needs to have a lesson--- when you start to get out of your car, get your keys, when you start to get out of your car, get your keys. This will keep a suspect from stealing the cop car.
  • by Alice Location: Panama on May 21, 2011 at 01:19 AM
    I really liked the police car ride but I didn't like the wreck.I think he could have avoided the wreck. He was a not a very good driver.
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