News chopper nabs carjacker

OKLAHOMA CITY, Oklahoma (KFOR) – Oklahoma City Police officers have arrested a suspect who allegedly carjacked a taxi cab and led police on a high speed chase.

Police followed the suspect by air, ground, and the taxi’s GPS.

NBC affiliate KFOR’s helicopter was following the chase and pilot Jon Welsh hovered over the suspect so officers could locate him after the man hid in tall brush.

After being arrested, the suspect admitted what he did.

“I didn’t have no money so this is what I had to do,” said the suspect, 30-year-old Michael Patton. “I messed up, but remember I take care of my kids no matter what.”

Police say Patton stole and crashed the Yellow Cab, while officers used GPS to track the van’s location.

When the alleged cabbie carjacker, wearing a blonde wig, ditched the cab and tried to escape on foot, Bob Moore Chopper 4 led police right to him.

After police cuffed the confessed crook, Patton explained he needed money because he has 11 kids and another on the way.

“I confess to my sins and I’m gonna do my time,” said Patton. “I got a degree. I was going to school to be a cop, but I lost my mind over these kids.”

Luckily, while the cab was damaged during the chase, the cab driver escaped without major injury.

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