Woman slips handcuffs, drives off and wrecks police cruiser

Police were searching the woman’s car when she climbed into the driver’s seat of a patrol car and took off
Published: Dec. 28, 2020 at 7:43 PM EST
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LOCKPORT TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - Police say a 25-year-old woman arrested for drunken driving slipped out of handcuffs, got behind the wheel of a patrol car and crashed it in southwestern Michigan.

Authorities say the woman had been taken into custody about 3 a.m. Monday after a crash in St. Joseph County’s Lockport Township near the Michigan-Indiana state line. She was placed in the rear seat of a St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Office vehicle.

After getting free of the handcuffs, she climbed through a partition and into the driver’s seat as deputies searched her vehicle. The sheriff’s office said she drove off in the cruiser but struck a utility pole and several trees.

She was caught after trying to run away. She was jailed on numerous charges.

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