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Suspect Steals Officer's Car To Get To Court Date, Moore Police Say

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Body cam footage shows arrest after man leads police on chase. Body cam footage shows arrest after man leads police on chase.
MOORE, Oklahoma -

In a dash to make his court date, police said one man stole two cars. One of those cars happened to belong to an Oklahoma City police officer.

Michael Gears, 29, was already on probation for a felony when he led Moore police on pursuit. He was supposed to be at the Oklahoma County Courthouse Tuesday afternoon, but needed transportation.

It started here at Heather Lane and S.W. 7th Street about 1:15 in the afternoon. A uniformed Oklahoma City police officer prepared to go to work, flagged down a Moore police officer saying his truck was stolen out of his drive way.

6/9/2015 Related Story: High-Speed Pursuit Ends In Crash Near I-35, Indian Hills Rd.

One Moore officer started following the stolen red Chevrolet truck and tried to pull over the driver, but he sped off down the I-35 service road near 19th. He narrowly missed a few cars and bolted down the road.

"It does look really scary in the video as far as him intentionally driving toward vehicles, which is what terminated the pursuit," said Moore Police Sgt. Jeremy Moore.

You could see a dust cloud where the driver crashed and hit a dirt embankment. That cloud of dust was at I-35 and Indian Hills Road where the suspect wrecked the stolen truck, then took off on foot to nearby business Unique Motorsports in Norman.

A mechanic saw Michael Gears sneaking through their fence and walking nonchalantly.

"What alarmed me was I came out of the building as soon as I saw a police officer walk through this front window here with basically a gun drawn," said Troy Mullenberg, CEO of Unique Motorsports.

Mullenberg said Gears took off his shirt to disguise himself as a passerby and ran directly through the shop.

Gears tried to hide under an elevated blue Mustang, but the Moore officers found him.

Throughout the entire arrest Gears said he was innocent.

"Sir, what have I done? Look at me?" Gears screamed.

The stolen truck did have the Oklahoma City officer's guns inside, and they were still there at the end of the chase.

Gears now faces several more felony complaints.

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