Stolen car spree puts drunken man back in KC hospital
07/31/2013 2:43 PM
08/01/2013 12:17 AM
A man too drunk to go to jail walked out of a hospital Tuesday night and allegedly stole two cars that he then crashed, seriously injuring himself in the second wreck.
Police originally arrested the 27-year-old homeless man for public intoxication because they believed he was a danger to himself. He was too drunk to go to jail, so officers took him to St. Luke’s Hospital in the 4400 block of Wornall Road about 10:15 p.m.
Police reports gave this account:
Once doctors discharged the man, he jumped into an unoccupied pizza delivery car at 45th Street and Wornall and sped toward the hospital’s emergency room entrance. He stopped because a car blocked him, according to a security guard at the entrance who heard the car accelerating and recognized the driver as the patient he had just escorted out of the building.
The driver then put the car in reverse and slammed into a vehicle behind him before hitting a stop sign and driving away. He abandoned the car at 55th and Oak streets.
A few blocks away, he accosted a driver near 54th and Holmes streets. When the drunken man lunged into the passenger side of the vehicle, the driver put the car in reverse and ran over a sign. As he drove away, the drunken man tumbled out of the car. But the man caught up with the driver again near 54th Terrace and ended up driving the car away with the owner hanging onto the side. The owner eventually fell off, and the driver hit a fire hydrant and a telephone pole.
The drunken man ended up back in the hospital with serious injuries, including a dislocated hip.
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