Step one: Lead police on a car chase.
Step two: Hide under a mattress.
Maybe he was hoping the cops hadn't yet mastered the concept of object permanence.
After allegedly stealing a car, slamming into another driver's vehicle and leading cops on a 15-minute highway chase, a man in Missouri drove into a mobile home complex and picked one of the worst hiding spots in car chase history.
As police helicopter video shows, the man ditched his car when he realized he was at a dead end, running through the housing looking for a place to hide.
He soon found a spot: an old mattress.
He tucked himself under the mattress as the police helicopter recorded him.
In the video, police can be heard laughing as they report on the suspect's location.
"He has now climbed under the mattress," a woman's voice can be heard chuckling.
In a matter of minutes, he's surrounded by police.
According to KCTV-TV, police said they arrested 42-year-old Michael Smith just before 4 p.m. Monday in Independence, Missouri.
Watch the botched escape attempt in the helicopter video below:
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This story has been updated.
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