- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 9, 2016

SOMERVILLE, Mass. (AP) - State police say a man spotted tearing pages from a Bible and throwing them into traffic while walking along the Massachusetts Turnpike is the same man suspected of stealing a state police cruiser.

He was spotted on the westbound side of the highway in Newton at about 7 a.m. Tuesday. He fled but was arrested a short time later.

Troopers recognized him as the man seen on security video stealing the cruiser Monday from a Department of Transportation maintenance facility. The suspect also made statements indicating he had taken the vehicle, which was located in Somerville.

Police say he had recently been hospitalized and took him to Saint Elizabeth’s Hospital for evaluation. His name has not been released because of his medical situation and because it’s not clear if he’ll be charged.

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