Police arrest alleged hooded Honda thief plundering in purple

Posted on: 10:40 am, October 26, 2012, by and , updated on: 05:29pm, October 26, 2012


OKLAHOMA CITY — Police said it was a wild joy ride for one Oklahoma City suspect accused of stealing a car.

Police spotted what they said they believed was a stolen purple Honda in the area of N.W. 4th St. and MacArthur about 10 a.m. Friday.

Police chased the vehicle for a short time, until the driver crashed into the Flooring Liquidator warehouse.

Employees heard the impact from inside the business.

There was no damage to the building.

According to witnesses, the suspect got out of the vehicle and took off running from police.

A Flooring Liquidators’ employee, Ben Hill, saw the suspect run into the warehouse to hide from officers.

“At Flooring Liquidators we’re slashing prices, or I guess crashing prices. There ya go!” Hill said. “The next thing I know the cops are running in and I throw my hands up because, ya know, it ain’t me.”

Hill is the drummer for the local rock band, Lead Halo.

He has worked at this Flooring Liquidators location since they opened about four months ago.

Hill helped police locate the suspect, 23-year-old Scott Allan Smith, in the warehouse.

“He was real easy to see because he was wearing a bright purple hoodie, very bright,” Hill said. “It was like he was trying to get caught. If you’re gonna run from the cops, don’t do it in a purple car and a purple hoodie.”

Police are working to find the real owner of the vehicle.

Smith faces charges for theft of a vehicle and eluding police.