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Joy ride in police car lands one man behind bars

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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - A late night joy ride in a police cruiser lands one man behind bars. Columbus Police officers on the overnight shift have it hard enough, but one officer found it even tougher to do his job when someone stole his police car right out from under him.

A Columbus Police officer was working downtown when reports show that 36-year-old Robert Issacs hopped in the patrol car and took it for a joy ride.

The officer tried to get Issacs out of the car, but the suspect locked the doors, hit the officer in both knees with the car and took off.

After hitting curbs and dodging pedestrians, two wheels fell off the police cruiser. Officers ended up stopping Issacs a few miles from where he took the car, at the corner of 42nd Street and 2nd Avenue.

Once he was caught, Issacs told police he wanted to run the car into the Chattahoochee River. His blood alcohol content was point-one-six-three.

Issacs is currently behind bars at the Muscogee County Jail facing charges of aggravated assault on a police officer, DUI, reckless conduct, theft by taking a motor vehicle and other traffic violations.

The Columbus Police officer was treated for his injuries and released from the Medical Center.

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