Cops: After car is towed, man steals it back

Published On: Oct 29 2013 03:11:54 PM EDT   Updated On: Oct 30 2013 01:13:17 PM EDT

A Waterbury man whose car was towed following his DUI arrest was arrested again on charges he stole his car back.

Jermel Pierre Johnson, 32, was first arrested at about 10 p.m. Saturday in Farmington on charges of DUI, possession of less than half an ounce of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and failure to drive right.

Johnson's car was towed, and he was released from custody.

According to police, Johnson then walked about four miles to Farmington Motor Sports, where his car had been towed, entered the building through an unlocked window, got in his car and drove home.

When staff at Farmington Motor Sports arrived on Sunday, they realized the car was missing.

They called police, who went to Johnson's home and found the car parked out front.

"He admitted it," Farmington police Lt. Colin Ryan said. "He said 'I wanted my car.'"

Johnson was arrested again and charged with third-degree burglary, sixth-degree larceny and driving while under license suspension.

He is due in court on Nov. 5.


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