Man arrested after taking Salt Lake City police car on joy ride

Posted at 3:16 PM, May 18, 2021

SALT LAKE CITY — A man was arrested Tuesday for allegedly stealing a Salt Lake City police officer's patrol car and taking it for an unauthorized drive.

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While police were investigating another incident earlier in the morning, Joseph Schmeichel, 38, went to the marked patrol car and got inside. Once in the vehicle, which was a K-9 patrol car with the K-9 still in the back, Schmeichel drove off.

After circling the block, Schmeichel was apprehended. While in custody, Schmeichel told officers he knew he was not allowed to take the car.

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Schmeichel was arrested and booked for theft and interfering with a police service animal or handler.