‘I can’t believe I’m doing this’: Oklahoma man livestreams joyride in stolen police cruiser (VIDEO)
John Pinney, 25, is alleged to have taken the police vehicle from a parking spot on Halloween night, after a Tulsa Police Department officer left her keys inside while she went on a 8pm coffee break, reports CBS News.
Oklahoma man Pinney is said to have then led police on a 40 minute chase across the state, using the police officer’s iPad to livestream the incident from inside the vehicle.
Part of the livestream remains public on Pinney’s Facebook page and shows the 25-year-old singing to the “sh*t I want to go out to” while racing away from state police in one of their own vehicles.
At one point Pinney appears to play with the sirens on the car while wishing viewers a “Happy Halloween.”
“This is my last video for sure, probably. I don’t even know where the f**k I’m going, honestly.
“I’m trying to learn how to work all these lights and stuff,” Pinney tells the camera. “I can’t believe I’m doing this for real. I’m driving with my knees right now trying to show you all this.”
Tulsa police sergeant Steve Stoltz told reporters that the joyride prompted the response of “multiple agencies” and saw the suspect reach speeds of over 120mph before his arrest.
“The suspect was seen [driving] at high speed towards Sand Springs [Oklahoma] and then went north. The vehicle was eventually located by Skiatook Police Department, who initiated pursuit. The suspect, at high speeds, led them to an address… turned out that was where the suspect’s parents were,” Stoltz said.
Investigators have labelled the incident an ‘opportunist’ theft by a convicted felon.
“Apparently this was just an opportunity,” sergeant Stoltz said. “The officer’s vehicle was unlocked but the keys, however, were in it. But apparently he [Pinney] just walked up, checked the door, saw it was unlocked, hopped in and drove off.”
Asked about a recent increase in people broadcasting car thefts on Facebook, Stoltz said: “Well, 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.”
Pinney has since been charged with possession of a stolen vehicle, eluding and resisting arrest, as well as the possession of a firearm.