Police: Handcuffed Man Escapes from Police Car

7:55 PM, Jan 1, 2013   |    comments
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Columbia, SC (WLTX)-A possibly underage, drunk male managed to escape from a Columbia police car while handcuffed on New Year's Eve. 

According to police, around the 700 block of Harden Street near the Thirsty Parrot in Five Points, an officer approached a white male who seemed intoxicated.  

The Columbia Police officer began to question the individual, who the officer said wouldn't give his name and kept giving different ages. The officer also said the man was unsteady on his feet and was slurring his words.  He then placed him under arrest.  

The man was placed him in the back of the squad car while the officer went to the front of his car to complete the paperwork. 

While the officer was working on the arrest report, a fight broke out across the street.  The officer went to assist, and when he came back to his squad car, the back window had been dislodged and the prisoner had escaped. 

According to witnesses a handcuffed individual was last seen near the BP gas station on the corner of Rosewood Drive and South Holley Street. 

Officers are still continuing to canvass the area and are reviewing security footage.  

"This was a poor decision made by the individual that only compounds the situation, " said Columbia Police chief Ruben Santiago, "it began at most as a misdemeanor and now it's a felony."

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