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Drunken police suspect mistakes unmarked RCMP cruiser as taxi

Manitoba RCMP managed to catch a wanted suspect last weekend, however, not in the most conventional method.

According to police, the drunken 19-year-old man was already a suspect in a disturbance from earlier in the night when he mistakenly jumped into the back seat of an unmarked police cruiser.

"Take me to 17th Street, bro," the would−be passenger told the Mountie behind the wheel early Sunday morning in Portage la Prairie.

"I think at that time he knew he had made quite the mistake," Cpl. Julie Courchaine said Wednesday.

"(Officers) just took him back to the detachment where he could have time to sober up."

However, the RCMP didn’t let the incident go by without setting an example on social media.

"It is just kind of a funny situation that we wanted to share with the public," said Courchaine.

"It’s not always doom and gloom – there are some funny aspects of our job and sometimes it’s nice to let the public know about those things."

RCMP say the man was released without charges.

With files from the Canadian Press.

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