A Springfield, Massachusetts man is in custody after stealing a police cruiser and leading police on a low speed chase while taunting them, telling them their job was “boring” and that he was going to go “find some crime,” reports MassLive.
Michael Kopeski, 27, has been charged with larceny of a motor vehicle, failure to stop for police, four counts of assault and battery on a police officer, and resisting arrest after officers eventually convinced him to pull over, at which time he put up a fight.
According to authorities, officers responded to a domestic disturbance call at 4AM Thursday morning from Kopseki’s girlfriend requesting that he be removed from her home.
Police state that Kopeski was initially cooperative before stating that he wanted to go back in the house and “get his stuff.”
“Mr. Kopeski became outraged and started to yell at the officers calling them all ‘pigs,'” public information officer Sgt. John Delaney said.
Kopeski reportedly spit on one police cruiser before entering another one whose auto-lock malfunctioned.
As Kopeski attempted to drive away, one officer gained entry to the car and pepper-sprayed the man to little effect, with the officer describing Kopeski as “possessed.”
Kopeski then drove away, but soon began speaking with various police officials on the radio, alternately complaining about the seat belts not working properly, his inability to change the radio to listen to music, and complaining that it was hard to drive because his vision was blurred from the pepper spray.
At one point Kopeski told the police they were “boring,” adding he was going to “find some crime.”
After explaining that he was “patrolling the city,” an officer asked him repeatedly to pull over so they could “talk it over.”
“Sir, c’mon, man,” Kopeski replied. “I don’t want no problems, please. There is no figuring out at this point. There’s already too many problems created by my end. Sorry. Over.”
“Well, what you’re doing right now is not helping the situation,” the officer explained. “I’m trying to help you so we can figure a way out of this.”
“Same here, man,” Kopeski said. “Come on, you guys. Why do you guys always do this to me, you guys know me.”
Kopeski then complained about the seat belts, saying, ” C’mon you guys. What the heck?”
Listen to the radio audio below from MassLive: