MPD Squad Car Stolen By Mentally Ill Man

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(Memphis) The family of the man who took police on a high-speed chase Saturday says Marcus Hill is a good person, just suffering from mental illness.

They say they were shocked when he jumped into a police car and took off. Hill’s cousin says the 23-year-old needs help.

The police chase ended around 1 p.m at Mississippi and Trigg in South Memphis. No one was seriously injured, which was a relief for the suspect’s family who thought the chase might have ended tragically.

The chase started on Seattle off Lamar.

“His hands were just moving back and forth and he couldn’t control it,” said Samuel Hill, the suspect’s cousin.

Hill says his cousin had a mental break with reality. He called 911 to get him help but when police showed-up, he says his cousin, Marcus Hill, only wanted an ambulance, “He just came on the porch, pushed one of the officers and walked down that way and came back and jumped in the car and sped off.”

He stole an officer’s car and took police on a chase onto Memphis highways and streets until officers blocked him in just a few miles from where the chase started.

“I just ran outside and they had him on the ground, of course, beating him,” said Partee. “And then he jumped up and said stupid stuff like ‘Ya’ll breaking my leg!’ but you know he stole the police car.”

“I don’t think they handled it too good because they didn’t need to put their feet on his neck if he is a mental patient,” said a woman lives across the street from where the chase ended.

“He needed it,” said Partee. “He took the police car! Come on! You don’t do that. They are out here serving and protecting.”

Samuel says he’s just glad his cousin is alive, “I am glad he is safe and they got him in custody.”

An officer had to be taken to Regional One for injuring his arm after he broke the patrol car window in order to capture the man who’d taken Memphis police on the wild ride.

Samuel says his cousin has been suffering from some sort of mental illness since last year and hopes the justice system gets his cousin the help he needs.




(Memphis) Memphis Police had to chase one of their own squad cars Saturday afternoon.

Police say a mental patient stole the car.

MPD dispatch told WREG that officers were on the scene at Lamar and Seattle answering a disturbance call when the suspect jumped in and drove off.

Police tend to leave their cars running, with doors unlocked, while on scenes.

The chase ended at Trigg and Mississippi.

A police officer had to break the driver’s side window of the squad car to get the suspect out.

We have a crew working to gather information and will bring you the latest on WREG News Channel 3 starting at 5:00 p.m.

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  • kay

    got to watch out for mental cases, instead of stealing the vehicle, he could have killed you, be careful out there, heads up!!!

  • Ryan

    All of Memphis is a “mental patient”. BTW it could not have been a “patient”
    because Memphis turns them loose on the streets.

  • Don

    The man was a mental, the cop is dumb.
    When I was called to a situation I always left the engine running on the cruiser and had another key to open the door, I never had anyone try to steal the car but I had a supervisor who opened the door and check if you had all of your weapons secure and not stolen.
    If there was anything locked, he would steal it and have something to say later. I guess I was lucky.

  • Ricky

    Policy is to not leave the vehicle engine running and to lock the doors. Somebody’s gonna cut some days.

  • mike wagner

    If you hadn’t been the police don’t try to second guess their actions. Applicants are available at City Hall.

    • Phil

      Until you’ve been there, you never will know how tough this job can be. Everyone expects YOU to control all crime, to handle their NUTCASE relatives, with the utmost care, and gentle persuasion. (as your being bit on, spit on.,…and sometimes worse) Every small mistake can turn deadly or disastrous, especially when decisions must be made in an instant.

      May I suggest a Poilce “Ride along,” if offered. Spend a couple of days in different precincts. Spend it with a few different officers. You’ll come back with a better understanding of what these Officers must handle. You, of course, can go back to the comfort of your office 9 to 5. The Officers will be back in the street, ready to respond to your calls for help, as is their sworn duty. Let’s hope you’ll not require their services any time soon.

      • None Ya Bid Ness

        Who you trying to kid, you guys love it! If you didn’t then why didn’t you move along?

      • canadianwhiskeygirl

        Phil, how would one go about doing the police ridealong?at videi Iv watched that video on youtube “orange mound tn” so your suggestion really intrigues me. Im 60 yrs old so am so kid.

      • canadianwhiskeygirl

        Phil, how would one go about doing the police ridealong? Iv watched that video on youtube “orange mound tn” so your suggestion really intrigues me. Im 60 yrs old so am no kid. Very little happens (that I know of) berclair/nutbush area

  • BASDawg

    A mental patient carrying a leg less dog walks into a bar and sits down by a Memphis cop. He sets the dog down on the bar and the dog is rolling around having a good time. The cop says “hey, buddy, what’s your name?” Mental patient says “ain’t got one” and knocks down his first beer. After a few minutes the cop says “c’mon man, every dogs gotta have name”. Mental “nope” and knocks down another beer. A few minutes later the cop says “it ain’t right for a dog to not have a name ” Mental patient says “look, it’s not like he’s going to come when I call”

  • Keith In Granite Falls, WA.

    Serves them right for leaving the keys in the car! Dummies!!!!
    Lucky someone didn’t get killed!
    Guess I know where to go to get a free police radio.

  • JohnSlikeslittleboysDingDongs

    Phil we know it’s a tough job. Also Memphis is like working in the jungle. But with that said there are some stupid cops come in Groidville.

  • Doug

    You’d have to have a mental issue to take one of those cars. They have a mechanical problem that causes them to drive through red lights and stop signs and plow through stuff in the intersection.

  • It's God's Will

    Let that man alone! God might have told him to do it! That’s the excuse a lot of other loony b*stardz have used, when doing something that most normal people would consider insane. So, why can’t he use it too?

  • GoodCitizen

    People use having a “mental illness” to excuse their bad/criminal behavior.

    Lock this guy up and leave him locked up.

  • E. Zach Lee-Wright

    Uh, that window glass is not how tempered glass breaks. It must be laminate (like a windshield), not the normal stuff. It this normal for MPD cars?

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