Man Arrested for Stealing West Virginia State Police Cruiser

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LINCOLN COUNTY, WV (WOWK) –

UPDATE (11/14/18 11:30 AM):

West Virginia State Police say Michael McLaughlin is in custody for stealing a trooper cruiser in Lincoln County.

WVSP say that McLaughlin was arrested at 10:30 AM on Wednesday, November 14th, 2018, while walking on Trace Fork near Hamlin. 


UPDATE (11/12/18 1:10 PM):

West Virginia State Police say the police cruiser and weapons stolen from Lincoln County have been recovered, but the man they considered armed and dangerous is still on the run.


ORIGINAL:

West Virginia State Police say they are searching for a man considered armed and dangerous after a police cruiser was stolen from Lincoln County. 

According to State Police, on Sunday, November 11th, 2018 at approximately 9:30 PM, two troopers arrived at a home on upper mud river road for a courtesy transport.

Troopers say Michael McLaughlin was at the home and ran away because he is wanted for a probation violation. Both units pursued and apprehended McLaughlin.

Troopers say McLaughlin was then placed in the back of a cruiser, handcuffed behind the back and secured with a seatbelt

As troopers continued to deal with the initial situation, apparently, McLaughlin slipped his handcuffs and began to flee in the Cruiser.

Troopers say they attempted to gain control of McLaughlin but were forced to disengage

Multiple troopers and aviation continue to search for the suspect, the cruiser, and associated equipment (patrol rifle and shotgun).

The cruiser is a blue and gold, Ford Taurus sedan with WVSP plate 541.

Warrants are being obtained for the suspect and he should be considered armed and dangerous.

Anyone who sees the cruiser or McLaughlin is asked to contact the WVSP Huntington Detachment at 304-528-5555 or call 911 immediately.

This is a developing story and we will continue to update it with new information as soon as it becomes available.

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