Man Who Stole Police Cruiser Faces Charges

By: News 10
By: News 10

34-year-old Ryan Cunningham was arraigned Tuesday on drug, weapons and fleeing charges after he stole a Blackman-Leoni patrol unit and lead law enforcement on a chase.

Police arrested Cunningham last Friday at the Colonial Inn in Jackson County's Leoni Township. After he was put in the patrol unit, Cunningham was able to free himself from his handcuffs, get into the driver's seat and speed off.

A high speed chase ended in Monroe County, a mile from the Ohio border, when he rolled the SUV on U.S. 23.

This list of charges Cunningham is facing is:
- Operating and maintaining a lab involving meth
- Possession of methamphetamine
- possession of a short barrelled shotgun
- possession of a firearm by a felon
- Felony firearm
- unlawful driving away of a motor vehicle
- fleeing and eluding 4th degree

Cunningham remains in the Jackson County jail.


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  • by Ralph Location: Lansing on Dec 29, 2011 at 06:07 AM
    The police vehicle would not of been stolen if the police did not leave they keys in the ignition and the whole chase scenario would be moot. I would get a ticket if my vehicle was stolen because I left the keys in the ignition. Ryan Cunningham deserves prison time for the other offenses!
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      by RT on Dec 31, 2011 at 06:31 AM in reply to Ralph
      Ralph, you make a really great point! Remember though, there are rules YOU and I as citizens have to follow but the police don't.
  • by Bob Location: Spring Arbor on Dec 27, 2011 at 06:49 PM
    This piece of human debris should do 30 years in the slammer for this crime spree. How many untold families were put in imminent danger by him driving over 100 mph eluding the cops. Why the police can't use deadly force in incidents like this absolutley blows my mind! This chase should have ended 5-10 miles down the road not 60-70 miles! If they couldn't get him stopped by then he should have met the same fate as Bonny & Clyde!
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      by RLAM on Mar 9, 2012 at 11:23 PM in reply to Bob
      Sounds like a resident of the afore mentioned trailer park. Outlaws forever !
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