September 1, 2009

Authorities search for police car thief

Authorities in Georgia said a man arrested for driving under the influence slipped out of his handcuffs and stole a police cruiser.

Duluth Police Maj. Don Woodruff said an officer pulled over a U-Haul truck at about 5 p.m. Monday and arrested the driver -- described as a black male estimated to be about 30-years-old -- after determining that he was intoxicated, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Tuesday.

Woodruff said the officer searched the U-Haul truck and returned to find his police cruiser and the suspect were gone.

He managed to slip one hand out of the cuffs and kick out the back window, Woodruff said.

Duluth, Atlanta and DeKalb County officers joined the search for the missing car and it was spotted driving later in the day on Memorial Drive. Woodruff said the suspect jumped out of the car and fled before officers could reach him.

Woodruff said there was no major damage to the car and none of the equipment was missing. Investigators said they determined the U-Haul truck the man had been driving was stolen.