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Officer Hit by Handcuffed Suspect Stealing Police Car

Officer Hit by Handcuffed Suspect Stealing Police Car

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Atlanta Journal Constitution via YellowBrix

April 13, 2010

ATLANTA – A handcuffed suspect managed to steal a DeKalb County police car overnight, hitting an officer as he drove off from a traffic stop.

The officer suffered only minor injuries in the 1:15 a.m. incident at Memorial Drive and Rays Road, DeKalb police spokeswoman Mekka Parish said.

Parish told the AJC that the suspect, whose name was not immediately released, was detained for providing false information. The man was handcuffed and placed in the back seat of a patrol car.

She said the officer had returned to the stopped car when he noticed that the suspect had climbed through the partition into the front seat of the police cruiser “and was in the process of stealing the unit.”

The suspect ditched the patrol car about a mile away in the parking lot of Value Village, Parish said. The suspect was found about an hour later in woods behind the Windchase Apartments on Hambrick Road, she said. He was still handcuffed.

The suspect faces a number of charges, including robbery and felony obstruction, Parish said.

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