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Charges Filed in MPD Cruiser Theft, Crash

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UPDATE 4/20: Memphis police have charged 19-year-old Darius Williams with aggravated assault, theft and resisting arrest.


(Memphis) A Memphis police officer and the man who reportedly stole his cruiser have minor injuries after the car crashed.

According to MPD, an officer stopped his cruiser along I-240 between Lamar and Airways to talk to a man who was illegally walking on the highway around 3:30 Thursday morning..

"At which time the male became delusional," explained Lt. Kam Wong from the Memphis Police Department.

He said the officer put the male suspect in the back of his car, but he didn't stay there long.

The suspect, who was not under arrest, was not in handcuffs.

According to reports, he kicked the back window of the car out.

"In that particular car  the rear window does not have bars on it, it's an older model  car," explained Lt. Wong.

Wong said there was a fight between the officer and suspect and the suspect was able to push the officer down the embankment.

He said that's when the suspect jumped behind the wheel of the police car travelling eastbound in the westbound lanes along I-240 for about 300 yards.

"He, on his own drove the car  and went into the ditch and crashed into the fence," explained Wong about the suspect.

The suspect was taken into custody and was taken to The MED to be treated for minor injuries and is now facing charges.

The officer was also injured, but is expected to be okay.

MPD would not confirm the suspect's state of mind or whether he was under the influence.

They did not say whether the suspect actually drove the cop car into traffic but we do know, no other cars were hit.

The commotion slowed traffic along I-240 westbound during the morning rush.

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