Man steals cruiser, later captured in Cooke Co. NEW RAW VIDEO ADDED

By: KXII Staff Email
By: KXII Staff Email

GAINESVILLE, Tex. -- An armed man was captured in Gainesville Monday night after running from police in one of their own cruisers.

Police in the Denton County town of Ponder say they were called to a burglary in progress on Monday when they found the suspect and took him in for questioning.

It turned out there was no burglary, so they let the man go.

As he was walking out of the station, authorities say he jumped in a police cruiser and took off, heading north on Interstate 35 in Cooke County.

Authorities say 26-year-old Rusty Edward Taylor drove with sirens and lights on in the police SUV, until the car drove over spikes in the road in Gainesville.

The Ponder police chief says Taylor apparently had a grand time in the car, using sirens, lights, and the police radio during the chase.

Deputies say he has a long criminal record, including theft, evading arrest, and drug charges.

Several agencies, including Gainesville Police and the Cooke County Constable assisted.

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  • by mom Location: pottsboro on Jan 25, 2008 at 11:57 AM
    I would like to use the cruiser tonight. Could you please wash it and have it gased up and deliver it by 5:30?
  • by Anonymous Location: Sherman on Jan 24, 2008 at 06:54 PM
    Come one people give the man a break he was just going out for donuts for all the poilce officers dang can't the man be nice since they let him go LOL!!!!!!!!!
  • by Me Location: Oklahoma on Jan 23, 2008 at 10:18 AM
    WHY WERE THE KEYS LEFT IN THE SUV?? That sounds like proper protocol to me....
  • by Big John on Jan 23, 2008 at 10:14 AM
    Man that sounds like fun....these cops are have really got it a bout a pay raise for Barney Fife?
  • by Mork Location: Ork on Jan 22, 2008 at 06:45 PM
    I'm gonna steal me a Mercury and.... Cruise up and down this road...up and down this road. LOL! Dude went on a joy ride - now that's some funny stuff.
  • by me Location: denison on Jan 22, 2008 at 04:41 PM
    why is there not a comment site on the warrant round up in tom bean--anyway,ill just leave one here,how funny,half the town has a warrant out for their arrest.
  • by ME Location: DOWN HERE on Jan 22, 2008 at 03:41 PM
  • by Anonymous on Jan 22, 2008 at 03:37 PM
    HEY republican clinton is going to win.go clinton
  • by Anonymous on Jan 22, 2008 at 01:49 PM
    Barney left the keys on the wall
  • by Jess on Jan 22, 2008 at 09:22 AM
    'No word on how he got the vehicle', that's cause someone goofed up and they don't want it on TV.
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