A 33-year-old man whom authorities in Ray and Clay counties think stole a police squad car in Lawson, Mo. was apprehended Wednesday night after about seven hours on the run.
Lawson, Mo., police arrested Patrick T. Smith about 8 p.m., according to a tweet from the Clay County sheriff’s office.
Smith, who was being sought on a felony warrant, reportedly ran as officers approached him about 1 p.m.According to reports, officers chased Smith on foot, then Smith jumped into their squad car and drove about three blocks.
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Smith abandoned the car at Clark Street and Park Lane Circle and fled on foot. He was arrested in the 400 block of Clark Street.
Smith served five years in a Missouri prison after pleading guilty in January 2007 to first-degree child molestation involving a 13-year-old girl, according to Clay County court records.