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DES MOINES (AP) -

A man accused of stealing a taxi after he was released from a Des Moines hospital says he did not want to walk home.

Des Moines police say 26-year-old Luis Orellana-Rivera drove off with the vehicle shortly after he was released from Mercy Medical Center around 6 a.m. on Friday.

The unoccupied taxi had the key in the ignition at the time.

Orellana-Rivera was spotted about a half hour later.

Police say he had the key to the taxi in his pocket at the time of his arrest.

Orellana-Rivera told police he stole the vehicle because he didn't want to walk six blocks home.

Orellana-Rivera faces a second-degree theft charge. He remained at the county jail Sunday.

Court records do not list an attorney.
 

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