SAN PABLO -- A man released from a hospital on an involuntary psychiatric hold Saturday stole a taxi and remained free until Monday morning, when he was arrested after allegedly trying to register the yellow cab in his name at a DMV.

Jermaine Grosse, 26, was released from the psychiatric hold at the Contra Costa County Regional Medical Center on Sunday morning, San Pablo police said. He agreed to share a taxi fare to San Pablo with a woman who had also been released from an involuntary hold.

When the taxi, a 2003 Dodge yellow minivan, delivered them to Doctors Medical Center in San Pablo, where the woman was headed, Grosse asked the driver to help unload the woman's luggage, police said.

While the driver was helping the woman, police said Grosse got behind the wheel of the taxi and drove away.

At 9:40 a.m. Monday, an employee at the El Cerrito Department of Motor Vehicles office called police to report that someone was using forged documents to register a yellow cab in his name. When officers arrived, Grosse tried to run away but was eventually arrested.

He was booked at the County Jail in Martinez on suspicion of auto theft and forgery.

Roman Gokhman covers public safety. Contact him at 925-945-4780. Follow him at Twitter.com/RomiTheWriter.



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