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Snoring Gives Away Suspect Hiding From Police

INDEPENDENCE TOWNSHIP (WWJ) - A Pontiac suspected of stealing a car picked the wrong time for a nap.

Authorities say it all started Tuesday morning when a car was stolen from a Waterford gas station. An Oakland County Sheriff's Deputy quickly located the vehicle and gave chase, but the suspect was able to get away near Independence Oaks County Park.

About three hours later, said Oakland County Sheriff Mike Bouchard, is when the man managed to reveal his hiding place while he was sleeping.

"A homeowner in Independence Township heard something outside — she thought she heard someone snoring," Bouchard said. "And she saw a set of feet under her deck."

The woman called 911, deputies arrived, and the 49-year-old man was taken into custody outside at the home in the 5400 block of N. Ridge Trail.

Bouchard said this is not typical criminal behavior.

"You wouldn't expect, with the adrenaline of the possibilities of what's going to happen to him would allow him to simply fall asleep on someone else's property," Bouchard said.

The man, a recent parolee, is charged with car theft and fleeing and eluding police. Officials say the suspect may also be involved in a breaking and entering in Waterford Township and another in Independence Township that same night.

His name was not immediately released.

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