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Suspect mistakes cop car for taxi, gets free ride to Portage la Prairie police station

Regina police are looking for two people after a cab driver was assaulted in Regina on Tuesday evening.
Police in Portage la Prairie said a young man suspected of causing a disturbance mistook an undercover police car for a taxi over the weekend, and hoped in the back seat. File / Global News

A young man suspected of causing a disturbance in Portage la Prairie ended up with a free ride to police headquarters after RCMP say he mistook an unmarked cop car for a taxi — and hopped in.

Police say two cruisers — one a marked car, the other unmarked — responded to a report of an intoxicated male causing a disturbance in the Manitoba city, roughly 83 km west of Winnipeg, around 5 a.m. Saturday.

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The 19-year-old suspect fled from officers, but after spotting the undercover car, police say he willingly jumped in the back seat.

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“Take me to 17th Street, bro,” the teen told officers before realizing he wasn’t in a cab, according to a tweet from Manitoba RCMP Wednesday.

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In a follow-up tweet, police say the officers “obliged and taxied him to the detachment, where he was held until he was sober.”

Police say the young man was eventually released without charges.

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