Police Ridealong Steals Police Car (only in Compton)


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Spreadfire Arms
June 14, 2005, 11:05 AM
the article as seen on foxnews.com

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,159085,00.html

Police Ride-Along Becomes Drive-Away

COMPTON, Calif. (AP) A guest went on a ride-along with a sheriff's deputy, then stole the deputy's patrol car early Wednesday and led police on a chase through three cities, authorities said.

Steven Funderburk, 20, was riding with Los Angeles County Deputy Alexander Miller under a program that allows anyone to accompany an officer if they have no felony convictions and fill out an application, authorities said.

When Miller's shift ended after 1 a.m., Funderburk asked to retrieve his bag from the car in the parking lot. When Miller returned to check on Funderburk, the car was gone, sheriff's Sgt. Don Manumaleuna said.

Miller was able to talk to Funderburk on the patrol car's radio and persuaded him to surrender without incident after a chase through Compton, Long Beach and Westminster, Manumaleuna said.

He was arrested for investigation of possession of a stolen vehicle and evading arrest.

Manumaleuna said Funderburk developed a good rapport with Miller during the ride-along and did nothing to arouse suspicion.

"It's very bizarre," he said. "We're still trying to figure this one out."

Authorities said Funderburk had told Miller that he was part of a youth program at the Long Beach Police Department (search), but the department had no record of his participation.

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AK-74me
June 14, 2005, 11:07 AM
Holy Crap!

You are right only in Compton.

Mr. X
June 14, 2005, 11:39 AM
He got to ride in the front seat, then the back seat.... :D

Lennyjoe
June 14, 2005, 12:01 PM
Something tells me he had this planned all along.

I would bet he was double dog dared on that one!

Standing Wolf
June 14, 2005, 02:18 PM
Manumaleuna said Funderburk developed a good rapport with Miller...

I bet he'll develop good rapport with his probation officer, too.

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