UPDATE: The following is the actual DPD press statement:
On October 3, 2017, at approximately 12:35 am, a Dennis Police Officer reported that his marked patrol vehicle had been stolen from the parking lot of Cumberland Farms on Route 134 in South Dennis. The on duty Sergeant alerted other Officers who began looking for the stolen cruiser.
At approximately 12:44 am the Dennis Police were notified by the Harwich Police Department that the stolen cruiser had been involved in a single vehicle crash off of Route 28 in Harwich. An investigation revealed that the stolen cruiser had left the roadway where it struck a fence, mailboxes, a pile of wood, and a lawn mower before coming to a stop.
Arrested at the scene was Joseph Burns, age 27 of Harwich. Burns was charged with Larceny of a Motor Vehicle, Operating Under the Influence – Second Offense, Negligent Operation of a Motor Vehicle, Operating a Motor Vehicle with a Suspended License, Leaving the Scene of Property Damage, Marked Lanes Violation, and Speeding.
Joseph Burns was arraigned in Orleans District Court this morning. The case is still under investigation by the Dennis Police Detective Unit.
Initial HN coverage:
HARWICH – A HN camera was rolling when police handcuffed a man who had just stolen and crashed one of their cruisers.
At about 12:38AM this morning, a Dennis Patrolman suddenly came on the radio and said, “Someone just jumped in my car at Cumby’s and took off!”
The patrolman told dispatch he had just walked into Cumberland Farms for a minute when a white male jumped behind the wheel and drove off.
Squad cars saturated the area looking for the marked patrol unit, while efforts where being made to “ping” the patrolman’s Virgin Mobile cell phone which had been inside the cruiser when it was taken.
Minutes into the search Harwich Police discovered a police cruiser accident in their town… and it turned out to be the Dennis squad car that had just been ripped off.
HN responded to Route 28 in Harwich and began documenting the scene right as a man was being handcuffed and then placed onto a stretcher.