City workers were using the truck to put up holiday decorations for the city when Dennis Smith Jr. hopped in and drove off, according to police.
Security video recorded about 100 meters from where the truck was stolen shows the employee hanging onto the bucket, apparently trying to get into the bed of the truck.
The worker managed to call his office to report what was happening, WLWT reported. Another city worker called 911.
Cincinnati police used stop sticks to flatten the truck’s tires. Smith was arrested and charged with theft and kidnapping.