Note to thieves: Don’t take video selfies while committing your crime.
An Oklahoma man stole a police car on Halloween and then streamed video of himself on Facebook Live during the ensuing chase before being caught and arrested, police tell CBS News.
“I ain’t got nothing else to do, but (expletive) read books,” John Pinney, 25, says at one point in the video, supposedly taken on the Tulsa officer’s iPad. “It’s weird.”
He stole the patrol car from a police officer who left her keys in the unlocked vehicle during a coffee break about 8 p.m. Halloween night, Tulsa police told CBS.
A witness called 911 soon afterward telling police she saw a man get into the squad car. She said that after she turned down his offer of a ride, he drove off.
Multiple police agencies responded and joined in a chase that lasted between 30 and 40 minutes, reaching speeds up to 120 miles an hour, police told CBS.
Pinney posted a few live videos of his misadventures on Facebook for posterity, talking into the iPad and singing along to a country song on the radio:
“This is the s--- I want to go out to,” he says at several points.
Warning: The video contains graphic language:
Police arrested Pinney near his home after the chase and booked him on nine complaints, among them eluding police, resisting arrest and possession of a firearm by a felon.
“I would encourage every criminal out there to Facebook Live their crimes so that we can catch you a lot easier and use that Facebook Live at your trial to get a better conviction,” Tulsa police Sgt. Steve Stoltz told CBS.
No doubt, Mr. Pinney will have plenty of time to pursue his other interest, reading books.