After Manhunt Arrested Suspect Rolls Down Patrol Car Windows to Make his Escape

February 10, 2009

(ChattahBox) — Daniel Torres Faulkner (left) is probably not a mastermind criminal nor a brilliant escape artist but he was a little bit smarter then Troup, Texas police.

As a general rule of thumb for law enforcement, if you don’t want suspects to escape from custody, disable the power windows in your patrol car!

Troup Police Chief Pat Hendrix said his officers received information Faulkner, 25, was at his listed residence on Paschal Street in Troup and they went to arrest him on several state warrants.

Hendrix said officers found Faulkner and after fighting with him were able to handcuff him and put him in the back of a squad car.

While officers were still at the scene, Faulkner was able to get his hands in front of him and pressed the button to roll down the window. He then climbed out of the window and took off running.

“He was able to get away and ended up hiding. We had Smith County Precinct 2 Constable’s office helping us to locate him and Precinct 5 Constables were en route with their canine during the manhunt,” he told the Tyler Morning Telegraph.

Hendrix said Faulkner was discovered under a brush pile and officers again ended up fighting the man. This time, however, they used pepper spray to get him under control.

“We ended up having to spray him twice, because he just kept fighting,” he said.

Hendrix said EMS decontaminated Faulkner twice before he was transported to the Smith County Jail on state charges of possession of a forgery instrument, evading detention, escape and driving while license invalid.

He is being held on those and additional charges.

Hendrix said the window was an oversight that was corrected immediately by the department having the rear window switches disconnected.


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