Prisoner climbs to the top of the police car in escape
Raw video: A man is transported to the jail for a rear window of a patrol car and climbed on the roof as it traveled along the highway.
A Texas prisoner who is transferred on Wednesday, managed to escape his restraints, breaking the patrol car’s window and climb up on the roof while the vehicle was driving on a highway, authorities said.
The wild maneuver would be made by Martin Estrada, 31, was caught on tape by motorists behind the patrol car.
The incident took place after a Taylor County sheriff’s deputy arrived to a facility in Wichita Falls and learned that Estrada allegedly attacked by another individual “and was dismissed for reasons of safety,” the Taylor County Sheriff’s Office said on Facebook.
The detainee was wanted in Taylor County for “insufficient bond” on multiple charges, the officials said.
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Estrada was limited with the use of handcuffs and leg irons, the sheriff’s office said, and he and the deputy set out on about a 150 mile trip to Abilene, Texas.
Officials said Estrada was able to free one of his hands during the ride and proceeded to break one of the rear windows.
“He threatened suicide unless the officer stopped the car,” the sheriff’s office said. “The officer refused, and continued as the prisoner climbed on top of the car.”
Video of the incident shows a far shot of a person riding on the roof of a vehicle. Finally, two other patrol cars with flashing lights come into view, tailing the vehicle as it pulls on the shoulder. The person on the top of the car is seen hopping out of and in the grass of the side of the road before seemingly to have been held, shortly after.
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The sheriff’s office said the deputy who was driving waited to pull over until back-up arrived.
“When the deputy pulled over the prisoner tried to flee but was ‘Tased’ and re-handcuffed,” the sheriff’s office explained. “Because the Taylor County deputy’s car window was broken, the Wichita County Sheriff’s Office administrators will be offered to the prisoner disposed of by and on to the Taylor County Jail.”
The authorities were able to get Estrada to his destination without further incident,” the sheriff’s office said.
The county jail records obtained by The Associated Press showed that Estrada was being held Thursday on several charges, including escape and unauthorized use of the vehicle and his bond was set at $ 680,000.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.