INDEPENDENCE, Mo. — An Independence man has been captured after he stole a police car, then later wrecking it in an attempt to evade officers.

According to a probable cause statement, Jeffery Scott Brown, 23, of Independence was originally arrested for an investigation involving fraudulent activity. Brown was placed in the front seat of a Northmoor police vehicle.

Further investigation into the fraud incident led the officer to another business. The officer parked in front of the business, left the car running with Brown inside, and entered the business. Brown then maneuvered into the driver’s seat and backed away.

The police officer exited the business and fired two shots into the vehicle but Brown kept driving away eventually hitting a utility pole. An officer arrested Brown a second time after he attempted to flee on foot.

Brown was taken to North Kansas City Hospital for medical treatment when he admitted to stealing the vehicle because he did not want to go to jail.

Brown is facing felony charges of escape or attempted escape from custody while under arrest for a felony, resisting or interfering with arrest for a felony, first degree tampering with a motor vehicle, and leaving the scene of an accident. He is being held at the Platte County Sheriff’s Department on a $75,000 cash only bond and will appear in court on July 25 at 9:00 a.m. for a hearing.