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Jessica Lewin thought she it would be a funny prank. While handcuffed in the back of a cop car she slipped out of her handcuffs and into the drivers seat, speeding away in a Saunders County deputy's cruiser, north of LIncoln, Nebraska.

"I don't want the cop car. I thought it was a joke. I really did and, yeah, now I'm here." Lewin told WOWT 6 News in a jailhouse interview.

She may not have meant to steal the cruiser, but once in her possession, she couldn't help putting the pedal to the metal, leading police on a chase that topped out at 90 m.p.h.

"Well -- it was a Dodge Charger, of course I was speeding." Lewin told WOWT 6 News.

When the officer broke pursuit of Lewin she ditched the car on a dark farm road. She took a few items from the police car and a pair of boots from a nearby farm vehicle for her bare feet before crawling into a van. Police found her there asleep. It may have started out as a joke, but the prosecutor isn't laughing. Lewin is facing numerous charges, including escape and possession of controlled substance.

The arresting officer in this case certainly didn't see the humor in having his car stolen, and who could blame him? While you may not be in the business of attempting to restrain suspects in your car, you're still in danger of having your car stolen. Here are a few tips for avoiding the heartbreak and headaches that come with having a car stolen.

Park in well-lit areas. If you park in your driveway consider adding motion sensor lights and train them on your vehicle. If your car is parked outside it may not be safe. In large parking lots always try and park under a light.

Always lock your vehicle. It's so easy, and so easy to forget. Simply locking your vehicle can detour criminals looking for an easy mark.

Install security measures. Enable a car alarm or keep a steering wheel lock, like The Club, on your car. The more visible your safety measures the less likely you will fall victim to a break in.

Never leave valuables in your vehicle. Sometimes criminals find it easier to steal what's inside the car rather than the car itself. Keep valuables out of your car and hide electronics. Put GPS units into the glove box and consider using a antibacterial wipe to remove the telltale ring such units leave behind.



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      beebalm3
      • 1 Year Ago
      just for a joke...got out of cuffs and took cop car..yup drugs make people do really stupid things..now instead of just possession..she can add stealing a cop car, stealing articles from cop car, escaping(getting out of cuffs)fleeing...pretty stupid on her part...quite sure she won't be laughing in jail
      rev2220
      • 1 Year Ago
      What a screwball. Hopefully they'll lock her up for a spell so she can have some time to think about how stupid she really is......providing she has the mental capacity to even think.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @rev2220
        providing she isn't infact smarter than those cops. lock them up too its partially their fault.
      thankgodikauai
      • 1 Year Ago
      cop should lose his job !!!
      bootz6
      • 1 Year Ago
      hope that little prick gets a LOT of jail time. Her arrogance is just part of the problem.
      luckasa
      • 1 Year Ago
      He said at the end.. that they want to give Lewin treatment as soon as possible. Treatment for what? She isn't mentally ill. The cop should have to go back to cop school. This chick outran a cop. She should get a Nascar sponsorship. Don't deny her hidden talent :)
        EricS
        • 1 Year Ago
        @luckasa
        You would have to either mentally ill to some sort of degree, or a complete idiot to think you can steal a cop car and put on a chase, and expect people to laugh it off as a practical joke.
      nomoremrriceguy
      • 1 Year Ago
      Fake story to sell gps and security devices.
        reathea
        • 1 Year Ago
        @nomoremrriceguy
        All the person has to do is NOT leave the keys in the vehicle for starters. That certainly will help to keep your car from being stolen. Bet that cop is pretty embarrassed.
          EricS
          • 1 Year Ago
          @reathea
          True. But unless your a hardened criminal, no one would be stupid enough to pull what she did. Would you? Didn't think so. And remember, leaving your keys in the ignition isn't a crime. But escape, grand theft auto, possession of a controlled substance, theft, and reckless driving are. Instead of just dealing with possession, which she probably would have gotten off with a slap on the wrist. She just made things 10 times worse for herself. Stupidity...it's a choice. lol
      namrehtael
      • 1 Year Ago
      Shes an addict and mentally challenged. Only a deranged individual steals a police car. Drug addicts steal anything from the newly stolen car they can get their little klepto paws on to sell for more drugs. Book er,Dan-O!
      lockskeyssafes
      • 1 Year Ago
      LOL Some Cops are Brainless !!! Not the ones in our Department though... well maybe
      Vimala Nowlis
      • 1 Year Ago
      It's all a "joke"? Ha ha. Now she can laugh all the way to jail. Some people are just too stupid for words. How dare anyone say that we are all born equal? Heck NO. We are not born equal at all. Some are clearly superior to others. Only those who are inferior try to claim that we are all born equal. We are only supposed to be treated equally under man-made law.
      studyeveryissue
      • 1 Year Ago
      She's in for a reality check
        EricS
        • 1 Year Ago
        @studyeveryissue
        Reminds me of that other girl that was laughing and playing with her hair in front of the judge, like everything was a joke to her. And ended up getting another 30 days. Many of us were dumb at that age, it's to be expected psychologically. But some of the kids these days, are making the previous generations look like geniuses. lol
      • 1 Year Ago
      WOOOHOOO she knows how to party.just don't dive in the gene pool lol
      RJM
      • 1 Year Ago
      Stupid girl. She knew precisely what she was doing was wrong. Consider the source and throw her in prison long enough to learn a few lessons along the way.
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