Man falsely claims diplomatic immunity to avoid arrest

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GILBERT, Ariz. – An intoxicated man stole his girlfriend's car then claimed he had diplomatic immunity to avoid arrest, according to the Gilbert Police Department.

Shortly before 11 p.m. Wednesday, a 41-year-old Gilbert woman called to report her vehicle was stolen from the area of Ray and Recker roads, according to Sgt. Bill Balafas. The woman said her boyfriend was intoxicated and forcibly took the keys from her.

Officers spotted Mark Ouko, 38, of Gilbert, pulling back into the neighborhood and attempted a traffic stop, but he did not pull over. Ouko drove the car back to the victim's house with police following.

Balafas said Ouko told the officers that he had diplomatic immunity as the son of the Kenyan prime minister, but he was unable to produce any evidence of this claim and was arrested for DUI.

Further investigation showed he had a warrant for his arrest for DUI under an alias name.

Investigators determined that Ouko did not have ties to any governmental body and used the claim as a ploy to avoid arrest and prosecution.

Ouko was booked into Fourth Avenue Jail for DUI, driving suspended, failure to yield, false reporting and the warrant. He was booked on all charges.