Just when you thought you had seen it all, this new story will shock you. On Friday 8th of October 2021, a 41-year-old Florida man was re-arrested after he tried to steal a police patrol vehicle while handcuffs. Shocking, isn't it? Press reports claim that the Florida man initially tried escaping the Rawlins Police Department officers on a Harley-Davidson bike, then on foot and finally in an RPD patrol vehicle. One would imagine what could have prompted him to try so hard to escape since he was initially busted by the police officer on duty. Perhaps, he just hates the idea of going to prison.
Estes faces multiple charges, including stealing RPD patrol vehicle
According to reports, the incident started when James Estes of Tampa failed to yield to a Rawlins police officer who tried to stop him on a bike for not having any visible registration. What could have been a simple stop turned out to be a fiery pursuit as the biker decided to take the police on a long chase. The pursuit from what we learnt began on Spruce Street and ended in Sweetwater County. If that wasn't enough for Estes, he ditched the bike after crossing the median and attempted to elude the officer on foot.
The suspect was caught eventually, secured and cuffed in the rear prisoner area of the police patrol vehicle. Surprisingly, the man was able to slide his cuffed arms to the front of his body, found his way through the centre divider of the back cage of the vehicle which is reportedly less than a square foot. After gaining access to the front seat, he was able to steal the RPD patrol car. As a result, another long chase was initiated, but this time around involved the Highway patrol along with the Rawlins police, westbound on I-80. The pursuit continued into Sweetwater County to mile marker 119. Again, the suspect ditched the car after losing control and attempted to escape on foot.
Meanwhile, here is a video of a similar incident where another handcuffed man stole a police patrol vehicle:
Man steals, drives away in Shelby County patrol car while in handcuffs, is arrested after standoff
Estes was caught again and taken into custody after a brief chase on foot. Investigation reveals that the suspect also had an arrest warrant for the violation of his probation from Placer County in California. He is set to face many charges in Carbon counties and Placer County. Some of those charges levied against him include theft of a police vehicle, possession of controlled substances and attempting to escape. Estes is presently held at the Sweetwater County jail.