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Michigan woman slips handcuffs, drives off and wrecks police cruiser

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Posted at 3:22 PM, Dec 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-28 15:22:56-05

LOCKPORT TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A police cruiser has been stolen and wrecked in southwestern Michigan by a 25-year-old woman who slipped from handcuffs after being arrested earlier for drunken driving.

The woman had been taken into custody about 3 a.m. Monday after a crash in Lockport Township, authorities said.

She was placed in the rear seat of a St. Joseph 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.

Lockport Township is north of Michigan’s state line with Indiana.