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A 38-year-old man was arrested and charged Wednesday after he allegedly stole a D.C. police cruiser in Southeast Washington.

Kenneth F. Davis of Northwest Washington was charged with unauthorized use of a vehicle, reckless driving and other charges.

D.C. police said he took the cruiser just before 1 a.m. in the 600 block of Pennsylvania Avenue SE, outside a convenience store.

A police report said officers parked their cruiser and went inside the store. They saw Davis get into the cruiser and drive off, the report said. The man ran several stop lights along Pennsylvania Avenue and eventually crashed into another cruiser that was involved in trying to catch him.

Davis then tried to flee but was taken into custody, police said.

D.C. police officials said the keys were left inside the cruiser, which is a violation of the department's policy. An investigation is underway.

An officer who was in the cruiser Davis allegedly crashed into suffered an injury to her leg and was transported to a hospital, according to court documents.

Police initially identified the suspect as Keith Edwards, which is how they later said he had identified himself at the scene.