Dash cam video of police cruiser shows a suspect fighting a police officer, stealing the officer’s cruiser, then crashing the stolen car into a landscaping truck at a high rate of speed.
According to the Summerville, SC Police Department, the incident started when 38-year-old Arthur Lee Thompson attempted to steal a computer from a Summerville Walmart.
Officers were able to spot the vehicle. Dash cam video from the stolen police cruiser shows Thompson exiting his Jeep, disobeying the officer’s commands and then attacking an officer. Thompson then drove off in the stolen cruiser at speeds of over 100 mph.
Authorities charged Thompson with strong armed robbery, failure to stop for blue lights, assault on a police officer while resisting arrest, grand larceny, possession of a firearm by a person convicted of a crime of violence and throwing bodily fluids on a law enforcement officer. Police say Thompson has an extensive criminal history.
Thompson was also charged by the South Carolina Highway Patrol with reckless driving in the collision.