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Man arrested after trying to steal patrol car

WICHITA — A wanted man attempting to flee from police Thursday afternoon chose a unique escape vehicle — a police car — and as a result ended up going nowhere.

An officer on patrol recognized a man wanted on an arrest warrant walking near Douglas and Greenwood at about 3 p.m. Thursday, authorities said. He pulled over his patrol car and attempted to take the man into custody.

The man resisted, and the officer deployed his Taser. The Taser didn't activate, however, and the man broke away, climbed into the patrol car and tried to drive away.

But patrol cars have transmission locks that only the officers can release, so the suspect could go nowhere. Despite his resistance, he was pulled from the unit by officers who had arrived to assist, zapped with a Taser and arrested.

He was admitted to a local hospital for treatment of injuries sustained in the scuffle.

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