A South Dakota man was mentally running on empty when he called cops for help after he ran out of gas and then stole the police car, which he also ran past “E.”

Troy James placed a call to 911 pleading for a ride early Monday morning, summoning a deputy who stepped out of his own vehicle for a closer look at the situation. As he got closer to Harris’s car and began asking questions, the suspect bolted, hopped into the driver’s side of the cruiser and sped off.

James managed to elude pursuing police for more than two hours, covering 140 miles before he slipped up — by running out of gas yet again. He’s been charged with felony grand theft auto

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