A 24-year-old man might have gotten away with taking a car that didn't belong to him from a northwest side residence early Wednesday, if it hadn't been for his reckless driving.

Phillip Snooks was taken into custody shortly before 4 a.m. in the 1500 block of 4th Avenue. Ardmore Police Department reports indicate Officer Ryan Eads spotted Snooks' ill-advised and careless handling of a 2007 Toyota. Eads conducted a traffic stop and Snooks stopped the car, but immediately bailed out the door. He was apprehended a short distance away.

Meanwhile, in his attempt to flee, Snooks apparently failed to take the vehicle out of gear, and it rolled into a fence.

He was booked into the Carter County Detention Center pending charges.

Later in the day a formal felony charge of unauthorized use of a vehicle was filed against the Healdton man by the district attorney's office. He made an initial court appearance. Bond was set at $15,000. A spokesperson for the CCDC said late Wednesday Snooks remained detained pending the posting of bond and/or the outcome of the case.