Daily Mail reports:
An Oklahoma man out on probation stole a police vehicle on Halloween and posted videos during a high-speed ride in the patrol car where he says: ‘I can’t believe I’m doing this.’
John Pinney, 25, was in the Tulsa County jail on Tuesday on charges including impersonating a police officer, auto theft and failing to wear a seatbelt in the incident that started on Monday night, online jail records showed.
Pinney stole the car in downtown Tulsa around 8pm after an officer left her keys in the cruiser while she went on a coffee break. The car was also left unlocked.
In one of the videos posted on Facebook Live and viewed over 60,000 times, Pinney searches for the switch for the cruiser’s flashing lights and says: ‘It is what it is. I just can’t help it.’
In another part of the video he says: ‘I’m a motherf—ing retard, is what I am … this is the sh– I wanna go out to.’
Pinney allegedly took the videos using a police iPad in the car. At one point he also allegedly tried to get a woman in the car by offering a ride.
‘I’m in the cop car. Where’s my sirens at?’ he says in one of the clips.
He says in another: ‘I can’t even believe that I’m doing this though, for real. I got away from like five cops already.’
He stops to show off the car during the video and giggles as he poses in front of the cruiser. Police said he reached speeds of about 100 mph (160 kph) as he drove through neighborhoods in and around Tulsa where children were trick-or-treating on Halloween night.
The chase lasted 30 to 40 minutes. Tulsa officers lost the vehicle briefly but then Skiatook police found it and chased him to the 14200 block of North 88th East Avenue.
Pinney was eventually arrested at his house.
‘Great entertainment. See you in 5 to 10 years,’ one viewer wrote on a John Pinney Facebook page where the videos were posted.
Pinney, on probation after being convicted of auto theft and other crimes, stole the car from an officer who went on a coffee break and left the keys in the ignition, police spokeswoman Jeanne MacKenzie told the Tulsa World.
She did not respond to phone calls seeking comment.
‘When you’re on video in a stolen police car, you really can’t deny that you did that,’ she told the newspaper.
‘They’re using it, I think, for attention or to try to get notoriety. We use it as an evidence tool.’
Tulsa police sergeant Steve Stoltz said Pinney made it very easy to lay charges.
‘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,’ Stolz told KOTV.
No lawyer was listed for Pinney as of Tuesday.