Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Down, But Not Out...

How's that expression go? Just when you think you've made something foolproof, someone invents a better fool?

Handcuffed man accused of stealing cruiser, leading officers on chase
NANTY GLO, Pa. – A Pennsylvania has been accused of stealing a state police cruiser and leading officers on a chase — after he had been handcuffed.

State police say they arrested 26-year-old Anthony Fox on drug offenses Saturday night in Nanty Glo, 60 miles east of Pittsburgh. They say he somehow got free from his seatbelt in the back of a police cruiser, got his cuffed hands in front of him and drove away.
Once he serves his time to the state, Mr. Fox out to investigate going on tour as a modern Houdini... He's obviously got the flexibility for it, if he can maneuver his way out of being handcuffed behind his back and buckled into the back seat of a cruiser... Now, what I would like to know is how he got from the back seat to the front - police cars are infamous for not allowing the back doors to open from the inside, and at least the past 20 years or so haven't had open space between the front and rear of which I am aware.

There's also the possibility that the story is, well, less-than-complete. Like, if he knew one of the officers and they cuffed him hands in front, then left him unattended near the car, figuring he'd just wait for them. Or perhaps Nanty Glo, PA has old school cruisers with no separator between front and rear seats and he just hopped over - the officers investigating his offenses and figuring that he was secure in the back of the squad car.

In any case, something tells me the other officers in Nanty Glo aren't going to let these cops forget that they got their cruiser stolen by a handcuffed suspect...

That is all.

Another dispatch from...
(image courtesy of Robb Allen)


Geodkyt said...

I've seen marked patrol cars from small local LEAs that didn't have cages, and I've seen a lot of major metro and state unmarked (but hardly "undercover," and used for speed enforcement) cars without cages, but I've never seen a state trooper marked car without the barrier. Hell, most TAXIS have those.

Posit, suspect cuffed in back of cruiser, with door open, driver door ALSO open and engine running? I've seen that a lot.

Daniel in Brookline said...

What kind of a name is Nanty Glo?

DaddyBear said...

I ain't going down like this! Luckily, I've been practicing my yoga!

Said no-one ever before this.

Ed said...

"What kind of a name is Nanty Glo?"