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EXCLUSIVE: Dash camera video shows police arresting man who stole city truck

BATTLE CREEK (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Newschannel 3 obtained exclusive dash camera video of a high speed chase involving a stolen city work vehicle belonging to the city of Battle Creek.

Police say 40-year-old Steven Rozanek was drunk Wednesday, when he took off in a city engineer truck that was running at a work site near Fountain and Capital Avenue. He was charged with auto theft and OWI.

Police on scene say the man clearly smelled of booze and said he had no idea he actually stole a city engineer truck.

He told police he saw it running, hopped inside and decided to go for a ride.

An alert citizen called 911 within a half hour of it going missing Wednesday afternoon.

You can see from the officer's dash camera video, police quickly caught up with Rozanek and a short pursuit took place, where speeds did not reach more than 35 miles an hour.

It ended with the man pulling over, going over the curb in the process, in front of Woodlawn Pre-School. A brief lock down took place at the school, while officers got the man in handcuffs.

"He just said that he had an opportunity the truck was running and he wanted to hop in and drive so he didn't know who's it was he just knew it was an opportunity to take a vehicle and again really not knowing what he was doing," said Lt. Jim Grafton, Battle Creek Police.

Officers say they found open vodka and soda containers that clearly did not belong to the city worker. He refused a breath test. Police are now waiting for results of his blood draw from the State Police Crime Lab.

Rozanek appeared in court today for auto theft and drunk driving charges.

He was also wanted for retail fraud from earlier this year, out of Battle Creek.

Because of his prior felony convictions, the magistrate let him know if he's found guilty of the auto theft charge, he could face life behind bars.

He was given a $15,000 bond.