Man steals police cruiser with prisoner in the back seat

AKRON -- A Columbus man has been arrested after he stole a running police cruiser with a prisoner in the back seat.

According to a police report, an officer stopped a vehicle at South Broadway and Cedar streets for a traffic violation about 2 a.m. Saturday.

The female driver was placed under arrest after she told the officer she didn't have a driver's license.

After she was placed in the back of the cruiser, the woman asked the officer to get her cell phone out of her car before it was towed.

As the officer walked to the woman's car to get the phone, a man jumped in the cruiser and drove off with the prisoner in the back seat.

The officer radioed that her cruiser had been stolen and took off on foot after it, the report said.

She reached into the driver's side window and tried to stop the man, but, as the man turned onto East Exchange Street, she was knocked to the ground, causing injuries to her shoulder, hip and knee.

She was treated at the scene by paramedics.

The man finally stopped the cruiser near East Exchange and Cedar streets, but he refused to get out after officers demanded he do so.

Once he exited the cruiser, he continued to resist officers and was finally Tased and taken into custody.

Shawn P. Douglas Jr., 19, is charged with felonious assault, unlawful restraint, resisting arrest, obstructing official business, failure to comply with police orders, escape and disrupting public service. He was booked into the Summit County Jail.

The female prisoner in the back seat of the cruiser was not injured.


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