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Published: Fri, September 08, 2017
Economy | By Melissa Porter

Texas woman slips out of handcuffs and takes off in police SUV

Texas woman slips out of handcuffs and takes off in police SUV

Stealing a United States police auto, evading cops, reaching for a shotgun, and somehow walking out alive?

The 33-year-old suspect, Toscha Sponsler, was arrested on drug-related charges, handcuffed, and placed in the back of the patrol vehicle before jumping in the driver's seat of and taking off.

"She then led officers on a 23-minute, 100 mp/h chase". The high-speed chase that ensued lasted over 20 minutes and reached 100 miles per hour before she finally crashed and was apprehended. She, meanwhile, checks to see where the officers are before climbing into the front seat and taking off.

Viewers are treated to another angle as body cam footage shows a small group of cops poring over their suspect's belongings-and then the escape. They say she was found to be in possession of methamphetamine after she was taken into custody following the pursuit. While police searched her bag outside the auto, Ms Sponsler was able to get out of one of the cuffs, squeeze through a partition into the driver's seat of the vehicle and take off.

Toscha Fay Sponsler had been handcuffed and placed in the back of the police SUV after being detained on suspicion of shoplifting. It all kicked off when Sponsler was approached by police as a shoplifting suspect after reports of Sponsler stealing merchandise from Ulta came in. During the chase, she almost collided with two police cars head-on.

Lufkin Police claimed that Sponsler tried to reach for a locked shotgun during the pursuit. One officer broke the window while another officer managed to retrieve Sponsler from the vehicle and apprehend her again.

Police converge on the stolen vehicle with weapons drawn, break the driver's side window and pull Sponsler out.

She was then cuffed on the ground for the second time that day.

Sponsler was eventually caught, and waived medical treatment at the scene.

She is being held on $18,000 bond. She will face several charges.

The action-packed video, which resembled a movie scene, ended with an officer installing a "tactical window limitation device" in a patrol auto, something all marked units will now have.

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