Houston News : Handcuffed man steals Pasadena patrol cruiser, leads officers on pursuit into Houston

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Officers from Pasadena and Houston investigate the end of a pursuit in which a handcuffed man stole a Pasadena police SUV and led officers on a chase Friday, Jan. 31, 2020.

Officers from Pasadena and Houston investigate the end of a pursuit in which a handcuffed man stole a Pasadena police SUV and led officers on a chase Friday, Jan. 31, 2020.

Photo: OnScene.TV

Officers from Pasadena and Houston investigate the end of a pursuit in which a handcuffed man stole a Pasadena police SUV and led officers on a chase Friday, Jan. 31, 2020.

Officers from Pasadena and Houston investigate the end of a pursuit in which a handcuffed man stole a Pasadena police SUV and led officers on a chase Friday, Jan. 31, 2020.

Photo: OnScene.TV

Handcuffed man steals Pasadena patrol cruiser, leads officers on pursuit into Houston

A man who had just been arrested for allegedly driving a stolen vehicle managed to steal the police cruiser in which he was incarcerated Friday morning, authorities say.

A veteran Pasadena police officer pulled over the stolen vehicle along Texas Highway 225 near Shaver Street around 2 a.m., according to Pasadena Police Department spokesperson Luis Garcia. The officer put handcuffs on the driver and placed him in the backseat of his patrol SUV, Garcia said.

How the man made his way from the back of the cruiser to the driver’s seat is unclear. When pressed by reporters, Garcia didn’t have an answer and said it remained under investigation.

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He conceded, however, that the suspect managed to move his handcuffed wrists from his backside to his frontside prior to stealing the cruiser. The patrol SUV in question had a partition between the back seat and front seat, Garcia said.

Once in control of the cruiser, the suspect sped away, Garcia said.

He led Pasadena officers on a lengthy pursuit, eventually crashing out along Texas Highway 288 near Holmes Road along a set of train tracks. The officers, assisted by an HPD helicopter above, quickly found the driver and detained him a second time, Garcia said.

He will at least face charges for evading police and driving the stolen vehicle in which he was originally pulled over, Garcia said.

Jay R. Jordan covers breaking news in the Houston area. Read him on our breaking news site, Chron.com, and our subscriber site, HoustonChronicle.com | Follow him on Twitter at @JayRJordan | Email him at [email protected]





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