Officer's son arrested for stealing dad's police cruiser
A police officer's son stole his dad's police cruiser in the middle of the night and used it to pull over his former girlfriend.
Richard Melius, the 20-year-old son of Sgt. Mark Melius of the Lakeland police department, took the car keys from his dad's police cruiser when he was asleep.
Before taking the cruiser, Richard made more than a dozen harassing phone calls to his ex-girlfriend Tabitha McKenzie, who is pregnant with their baby.
When Richard spotted Tabitha driving in Auburndale, he turned on the cruiser's emergency lights and pulled her over. Tabitha immediately called his and her parents.
Richard fled when Tabitha's stepfather arrived and drove back home, where he was arrested. He is charged with grand theft auto, stalking, burglary, driving with a suspended licence, violation of probation and falsely impersonating a law enforcement officer.Posted in Crime & Law by
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