Handcuffed man steals Rawlins police car

Posted 10/14/21

RAWLINS (WNE) — A 41-year-old Florida man attempted to elude Rawlins Police Department officers on a Harley-Davidson motorcycle, on foot and eventually in a patrol vehicle before he was …

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Handcuffed man steals Rawlins police car

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RAWLINS (WNE) — A 41-year-old Florida man attempted to elude Rawlins Police Department officers on a Harley-Davidson motorcycle, on foot and eventually in a patrol vehicle before he was eventually secured and arrested Friday evening.

The incident began a Rawlins police officer attempted to stop a motorcyclist, identified as James Estes of Tampa, Florida, for having no visible registration. Instead of pulling over on Rawlins’ Spruce Street, Estes fled and sparked a pursuit that began and ended in neighboring Sweetwater County.

The Wyoming Highway Patrol picked up the pursuit as the motorcycle made its way onto westbound Interstate 80, according to a city press release about the chase. At about mile marker 189, Estes crossed the median, ditched the Harley-Davidson and tried to get away on foot.

After a brief foot pursuit, he was caught, cuffed and secured in the rear prisoner area of an Rawlins Police Department patrol car.

That’s when Estes was able to slide his handcuffed arms to the front of his body, crawl through the center divider of the car’s back cage — which measures less than a square foot — and steal the patrol vehicle, according to the press release.

Highway Patrol again pursued the suspect westbound on I-80. The chase continued into Sweetwater County to mile marker 119, where Estes lost control of the patrol car in the center median. He then again tried to flee on foot.

After another brief foot pursuit, a still-handcuffed-Estes was taken into custody for good.

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