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Drunk Makes Off With Police Car Outside Police Station

A drink driver in Russia made a getaway from the police station where he had been held by stealing a police car. Yasha Mikoutin, 25, was arrested by officers for driving under the influence in the city of Yakutsk in eastern Russia and hauled off to the local station. A police spokesman said: "He was heavily intoxicated, had downed the best part of a bottle of vodka. He was a menace to himself and to other road users. We had no option but to take him in and confiscate his car. He was an accident waiting to happen." But after being held for only two hours, he was let go - without his car keys. But that did not stop Mikoutin from driving away. A CCTV camera outside the station captured him clambering into the police jeep and making off. Police inspector Grigorii Touboukov, 34, had inadvertently left the keys inside the vehicle, allowing Mikoutin to race away, smashing through a barrier outside the police station and off into the night. Touboukov said; "It was a serious error on my part but we had no reason to think anyone would be as foolhardy as to steal a police car from outside a police station. He will face a number of charges for this and has turned a relatively minor drink driving prosecution which would have cost him his licence and some money into multiple charges which will land him in jail." But police have to catch him first. Although the police car was found abandoned at a crossroads near the local station there is no sign of Mikoutin. Police believe he may have boarded a long distance train west to put as much distance between him and them as possible.

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