Handcuffed Calif. man steals highway patrol SUV

Suspect was handcuffed and put in the front seat of a CHP SUV when the incident occurred

Associated Press

FALLBROOK, Calif. — A handcuffed man stole a California Highway Patrol cruiser in Southern California and led a 10-mile freeway chase before he was arrested trying to run from the vehicle, authorities said.

CHP Officer Jim Bettencourt told U-T San Diego that 25-year-old Aaron Teruya of San Diego was taken back into custody still wearing the cuffs Tuesday in the Fallbrook area.

Teruya had hit another vehicle on Interstate 15 south of Temecula, said the CHP.

Teruya was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence. He was handcuffed and put in the front seat of a CHP SUV.

While the officer was talking to the other driver, Teruya pulled the handcuffs up around his legs and drove away, Bettencourt said.

The officer got in a tow truck and told the driver to follow his car. Teruya was taken back into custody after running into thick brush off a dirt road.

Copyright 2015 The Associated Press

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