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Alleged police cruiser thief caught in Cumberland

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The NBC 10 I-Team was first to report Donald Morgan, the man wanted for stealing a Rhode Island State Police cruiser, was arrested Friday night in Cumberland.

RI State Police later confirmed Morgan was taken into custody by members of the Rhode Island Violent Fugitive Task Force. He is being held overnight and will be arraigned Saturday.

On Thursday morning, Morgan somehow moved himself from the back of a State Police car into the driver's seat. He drove away while the trooper was outside the car tending to a car accident.

The cruiser was found a short time later on the Providence-Cranston line, but Morgan, 35, was not located.

The search for Morgan led police to chase a white pick-up truck into Providence Thursday morning.

The chase ended with police shooting 40 bullets into the truck near Providence Place mall, killing the driver who fled and wounding his passenger, though neither was connected to Morgan.

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