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OSAKA — An intoxicated 32-year-old man commandeered a police cruiser before being apprehended and arrested 10 minutes later for alleged theft early August 8 here in Kita Ward, officials said.

Mutsuaki Kobayashi, a restaurant worker, allegedly hopped into the police car around 4:50 a.m. as officers left the vehicle. He immediately drove off. The officers had been dispatched to the ward’s Tsuruno district after a local resident called police, saying “A drunken man is on a rampage.”

After Kobayashi drove away, police searched the area and found the intoxicated suspect sleeping on a street about 500 meters from where he took the vehicle, police said. He was arrested at the scene. “I don’t remember what I did,” police quoted Kobayashi as saying.

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