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Felon Running From Cops Hops in Police Car, Speeds Off, Crashes

A convicted felon who fled from Hemet police answering a theft call from a store stole a police car Tuesday before being arrested, police said.

It all started when officers were called to a store in the 1100 block of South Sanderson Avenue at 10:13 am., police said.

The victim provided a description of the suspect and told the police dispatcher the man had left his identification at the scene.

Police located the man— identified as 28-year-old David Hayes of Hemet, who was on parole for assault with a deadly weapon— a short time later in the 2300 block of West Stetson Avenue and tried to detain him, but he fled.

As a second police officer arrived to help out, Hayes tried to get away by jumping over fences in a residential neighborhood.

"Both officers chased the suspect into the neighborhood, leaving their patrol units unattended," Hemet Police Lt. Eric Dickson said.

The officers then lost sight of Hayes and began to coordinate a perimeter with incoming police cars.  Meanwhile, the suspect apparently thought he could get away in one of the unattended cars.

"As additional police units were responding, dispatch received a call from a citizen who saw the suspect get into one of the officers’ vehicle and drive away..." Dickson said.

The police car was then tracked by GPS gong south on State Street, and west on Domenigoni Parkway, and other police agencies were called in to help stop the man.

The suspect went north on Interstate 215 and lost control when he got off the freeway at Bradley Street. 

"The vehicle struck a curb which caused it to become disabled," Dickson said.  "The suspect fled from the unit on foot and was taken into custody a short distance away by CHP and Hemet Police officers after a brief physical confrontation."

Hayes now faces charges of theft of an emergency vehicle, burglary, resisting arrest, and committing a parole violation. He was held without bail.


—City News Service contributed to this report.

Victoria February 12, 2014 at 10:14 AM
hahahhaahhahhaha....great story. If that person hadn't made the phone call to let the cops know where there suspect and cruiser were he might have gotten away. hahahahahhahaha. dumb cops.
Victoria February 12, 2014 at 10:16 AM
*their
haden ward February 12, 2014 at 11:03 AM
Thats a good one. Well the screwtard got caught in the end.....
Victoria February 12, 2014 at 11:09 AM
only because someone else helped them...on their own the cops can barely do anything
concerned citizen February 12, 2014 at 11:41 AM
It figures that only the dumb idiots would take pleasure in this. At least the police were not hurt and they caught the creep. Only criminals would enjoy this story, oh, but wait, the 2 of you are criminals.
Patch Reader February 12, 2014 at 12:15 PM
hahahahaha awesome comment @Citizen- so very true!
Victoria February 12, 2014 at 12:28 PM
I guess I hit a little teeny tiny nerve little boy....concerned citizen. If you are truely concerned as you say then you should want the cops to be better trained and not leave their cruisers unlocked and ready to roll.....hahhahahahahaha. They probably left the rifle in it too. hahahahhahaa. I knew the cops in Yucaipa and they left their cruiser unlocked and the rife unlocked....so I took it out of their cruiser and walked it over to them and asked them if this was suppose to be left unlocked in their unlocked cruiser????? hahahahhahahaha. priceless.
desertpatriot February 12, 2014 at 01:09 PM
@victoria: if i was the policemen and saw you approach with the rifle i would have put you six feet under
Victoria February 12, 2014 at 01:27 PM
yeah, actually I'm surprised they didn't. After all, they are the Yucaipa cops and they are known for killing the citizens of Yucaipa on a regular basis. You sure have a good point. However, I knew the cop. As I said, I knew the cops in Yuciapa. That's one of the reasons I know they are so incompetent. I didn't know the Hemet cops were just as incompetent. Am I surprised? No.
haden ward February 12, 2014 at 02:57 PM
Sounds like Victoria is full of poo poo.............
desertpatriot February 12, 2014 at 04:04 PM
@haden: you got that right
concerned citizen February 12, 2014 at 04:04 PM
Victoria, I'm guessing that you are perfect, that you have never made a mistake. Your brother should have taken lessons from you since you are so perfect. You brother sure made a lot of mistakes. Priceless!
beaumontdave February 12, 2014 at 10:31 PM
I guess the last laugh goes to the incompetents who go home at the end of the day, getting well paid, and have nice stuff, rather than the incompetents who go to jail for long periods, live in shitholes when they get out, and can't hold a job bussing tables or washing dishes
Victoria February 13, 2014 at 05:16 AM
yes, there are well off incompetents and poor ones. Some wear a badge and others wear orange jump suits. However, some of the ones in the jump suit are not the poor ones, Dave.

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