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US woman slips out of handcuffs, steals police car, leads cops on high speed chase

The video showed the US woman unbuckling her seat belt, wriggling her hands out of the handcuffs and climbing on to the driver’s seat before escaping.

world Updated: Sep 08, 2017 17:14 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
Toscha Fay Sponsler was detained on suspicion of shoplifting.
Toscha Fay Sponsler was detained on suspicion of shoplifting. (Video screengrab)

A woman arrested on suspicion of shoplifting slipped out of her handcuffs, stole a police car and led police officers on a high speed chase in Texas.

Toscha Fay Sponsler, 33, was detained in the back of the police cruiser as the cops searched her bag in Angelina, The Independent reported on Thursday.

The video--posted by Lufkin Police Department on their Facebook page on Wednesday--showed Sponsler unbuckling her seat belt and then wriggling her hands out of the handcuffs. She then climbed on to the driver’s seat before escaping.

A police officer could be heard shouting “God damn” as Sponsler sped away.

“She then led officers on a 23-minute, 100-mph (160 kph) chase that began at Ulta and ended in Zavalla after a DPS Trooper used a PIT maneuver to make her lose control of the vehicle,” the police department wrote on Facebook, adding that Sponsler tried to get her hands on the gun but it was locked.

The footage was captured by the cameras in the SUV.

She was held in custody at the Angelina County Jail with a $18,000 bail. The five felony charges pressed against her included include the threat of a deadly weapon, aggravated assault, unauthorised use of a vehicle, possession of controlled substance and evading arrest.

The police department said after the incident, they had installed a screw in squad cars that prevents the window partition from opening more than four inches. .

First Published: Sep 08, 2017 16:47 IST

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