Michigan woman slips handcuffs, drives off, wrecks police cruiser

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LOCKPORT TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) – A police cruiser has been stolen and wrecked in southwestern Michigan by a 25-year-old woman who slipped from handcuffs after being arrested earlier for drunken driving.

Authorities say the woman had been taken into custody about 3 a.m. Monday after a crash in Lockport Township. She was placed in the rear seat of a St. Joseph sheriff’s office vehicle.

After getting free of the handcuffs, she climbed through a partition and into the driver’s seat as deputies searched her vehicle. The sheriff’s office said she drove off in the cruiser but struck a utility pole and several trees.

She was caught after trying to run away. She was jailed on numerous charges. Lockport Township is north of Michigan’s state line with Indiana.

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