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Intoxicated Birmingham car thief flees hospital

An intoxicated man accused of attempting to enter a stranger’s vehicle fled from a Royal Oak hospital on Tuesday, June 1, after being taken to a detoxification program by Birmingham police.


Birmingham police officers responded about 9 p.m. June 1 to the Kroger store, 685 E. Maple, where a customer said he witnessed a man who appeared drunk try to enter his vehicle in the parking lot. The witness told police he saw the man approach his car and try to open the door, at which point he told the man it was his car and asked what he was doing.


Police attempted to administer a breathalyzer test, but the man refused. He was arrested and issued a citation for disorderly conduct, then turned over to the Birmingham Fire Department and transported to Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak..


Police said they were informed the man fled the hospital about 11 p.m.

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