Man escapes handcuffs, steals police vehicle, leads them on high-speed chase, officers say

PASADENA, Texas – A man is back in custody after police said he stole one of their SUVs and crashed it in the Pasadena.

The incident started as a traffic stop near Highway 225 and Shaver Street and ended around 2:30 a.m. Friday on Highway 288 and Holmes Road, according to authorities.

Officers with the Pasadena Police Department said a man was taken into custody for driving a stolen vehicle. The man was taken into custody and put in the back of a police cruiser.

While police were searching the stolen vehicle, the man was somehow able to get out of his handcuffs, get in the driver’s seat and steal the police cruiser, authorities said.

He led police on a high-speed chase before driving over some railroad tracks and crashing in a ditch near 288 and Homes, police said. The man tried to flee but officers were able to catch him and take him back into custody, authorities said.

Police said no one was injured in the incident. The man is expected to be charged with evading arrest and stealing a motor vehicle.

Authorities said there will be an internal investigation to determine how the man was able to steal the vehicle.

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