Handcuffed inmate botches attempt to escape from Los Angeles sheriff's cruiser through broken window

Handcuffed inmate botches attempt to escape from Los Angeles sheriff's cruiser through broken window
An inmate tried to escape from a police cruiser on Interstate 5 in Los Angeles county (Screenshots/CBS News Los Angeles)

SANTA CLARITA, CALIFORNIA: Over the weekend, a Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department inmate made a rogue escape attempt on a Southern California freeway. His attempt to flee police custody was futile, as he was dragged into the vehicle in which he was being transported.

In a video of the incident released by ABC 7 on Sunday, January 1, the man can be seen trying to climb out the window of a patrol car as it drives down the street. The unnamed prisoner just managed to squeeze through the window before he was face-first on the freeway. Before the suspect could flee, the officer in the passenger seat quickly jumped out and grabbed the handcuffed suspect. The incident occurred December 30, shortly before 5.am, on Interstate 5 in Newhall. No one was harmed or injured in the incident. The man can be seen hanging halfway out the window for a short time before falling out and dropping to the sodden asphalt. After a brief period of freedom, the deputy in the passenger seat rushed out of the stopped car and prevented him from moving any further. The unidentified inmate was eventually subdued and made to resume his seat in the vehicle.

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While trying to flee, the individual was still restrained by shackles, according to officials who spoke to ABC 7. The unidentified man who was dressed entirely in blue narrowly avoided suffering a neck injury after he planted his face onto the open road. Cars were seen passing by as the prisoner tried to get away from the law enforcement officer and the police cruiser on the highway. In the video, the deputy can be seen using pepper spray as the prisoner tried to crawl his way out while lying on the road next to the vehicle. He was promptly brought back inside the car when the matter was handled by the official. ABC 7 confirmed that no injuries were reported from the event.

According to deputies, the suspect used both his head and shoulder to break the window. The man was being taken from North County Correctional Facility in Castaic to Los Angeles County Medical Center for treatment of an unidentified condition. Deputies said that after being examined at Valencia's Henry Mayo Medical Facility, the prisoner was brought to the convict reception center for reclassification.

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