Motorist steals patrol car after being pulled over in Riverside

RIVERSIDE — A motorist pulled over for driving erratically in Riverside managed to steal a patrol car, and was shot at by the police car theft victim as his cruiser sped off into the night, police said today.

The squad car was abandoned in Jurupa Valley, and the suspect escaped, Riverside police Sgt. Dan Russell said.

The patrol officer spotted the motorist ”driving erratically” at about 12:39 a.m. on north Pine Street and tried pulling him over on Houghton Avenue, the sergeant said.

Instead of stopping, the suspect drove over the sidewalk on Houghton Avenue, crossed into some bushes and bolted from the car, Russell said.

The officer ran after the suspect, who headed toward some houses. The suspect circled back undetected to the patrol car and drove off, Russell said.

The officer fired off at least one round but missed as the suspect drove off, eventually to Jurupa Valley. It was not specified how many times the officer fired his gun.

4 Responses to "Motorist steals patrol car after being pulled over in Riverside"

  1. Sum guy   February 25, 2013 at 8:12 am


  2. between   February 25, 2013 at 8:27 pm

    It’s going to be a long time before that little episode is forgotten by his fellow officers.

  3. Officer Dangle   February 26, 2013 at 12:15 pm

    Sounds like Reno 911 shananigans =)

  4. kym   February 27, 2013 at 2:43 am

    love the jurupa valley cops,they so nice and they do a great job! ok so it happened hopefully it wnt happen again good work jurupa valley cops!


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