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Suspect climbs into driver’s seat, steals patrol car

June 21, 2018 GMT

FESTUS, Mo. (AP) — A felony suspect is in custody after allegedly stealing a suburban St. Louis patrol car.

Jefferson County authorities say a deputy stopped at a gas station in Festus Wednesday night and saw the 42-year-old man acting suspiciously. The deputy discovered the man was wanted in St. Charles County on a felony warrant for failing to register as a sex offender.

The deputy took the suspect into custody. While the deputy was away from the car the suspect climbed into the driver’s seat and drove off.

Hopkins was arrested around 12:10 a.m. Thursday in Washington County. The patrol car was recovered.