We obviously don't condone stealing cars. But if you're going to steal one and get away with it, you need to have an escape plan. Because if you don't, you'll end up like 20-year-old Mario Zacate, who is sitting behind bars right now on suspicion of criminal vehicular operation and auto theft.

Zacate was hanging around an auto repair store in Brooklyn Park, Minn. late last week when he decided to take one of the cars there out for a joyride. So he found a Honda Accord with the keys in the ignition, jumped into it, and sped off. But within just a few minutes, he ran a stop sign and crashed into another car. And that's when things got really weird.

With the cops on the way to the scene, Zacate took off on foot and ran about nine blocks to a friend's house. Once he got there, he ran inside, took off all his clothes, filled a bathtub with cold water, and jumped in. Admittedly, it wasn't the worst getaway plan in the world, but it didn't work.

A little while later, cops used a police dog to track  Zacate's steps. They went nine blocks, found his friend's house, walked in, and found him in the bathtub. He had apparently thought that, if he jumped in the tub, he wouldn't look like a guy who had just stolen a car. But after asking Zacate a series of questions, police determined that he had been the suspect in the theft and placed him under arrest.

What a way to spend the last few minutes of your freedom—freezing in a tub full of ice-cold water. Ugh. That's what Zacate gets for trying to pull a stunt like this.

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[via Pioneer Press]