Driver runs out of petrol again after stealing squad car

2017-03-30 09:35


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Tulare - Police in the American state of South Dakota say a driver who called for help after running out of petrol is accused of stealing a deputy's squad car and leading authorities in a pursuit before once again running out of fuel.

Troy James is charged with felony grand theft. Officials say James called for assistance near the town of Tulare, saying his car had stopped and he apparently ran out of petrol.

Sheriff Kevin Schurch said the responding deputy tried to detain James because he was acting bizarrely. Schurch says James pushed the officer out of the squad and took off. He says James was apparently armed.

James was eventually caught about 225km away.

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