This kid had himself a hell of a Friday morning. 22-year-old Brock Bemiller, a Purdue University student, “was arrested on charges of auto theft and driving while intoxicated after stealing a Purdue Police squad car,” taking it for a casual campus cruise, and parking it in front of the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity house.
Members of Theta Chi fraternity were walking back to their house in Tower Acres when they saw the police vehicle going north with the lights on. Nate Sech, a sophomore in the College of Engineering, said he saw the car as it was driven up on the curb and toward the Phi Kappa Psi porch.
“(The suspect) then exited the vehicle and ran over to us at Theta Chi where we were sitting on the bench,” Sech said. “He repeated that he loved Theta Chi and asked us if we loved Phi Psis. He then turned around and ran south through the Acres.”
Mark Fisker, a junior in Theta Chi, then called the police to report the incident.
“Basically, I said, ‘I just wanted you guys to know that one of your police cars is on the lawn and a student just ran out of it, so you guys may want to come get that,'” Fisker said.
When officers arrived on scene, he explained what they had seen and described the suspect. A few minutes later, another squad car showed up with the suspect in the back and Sech made a positive I.D.
So, how’d the officer let his cruiser get nabbed by a drunken college student? Two officers, in two different squad cars, were talking to Bemiller and assessing the situation when a fight broke out across the street. The two officers left Bemiller to tend to the more imminent risk. Brock Bemiller saw an opportunity, and he took it.
His bail is set for $5,000 and he will appear in court on November 19.
It’s a power move.
[H/T to @FratFM]