A Texas woman arrested for shoplifting managed to escape from police custody and steal an officer’s car during an arrest, according to Tuesday body camera footage.
The Lufkin Police Department arrested 33-year-old Toscha Sponsler Saturday after coming to an Ulta Beauty store to deal with a potential shoplifter, reports Fox 10.
After placing her in the backseat of the car in handcuffs, officers moved to look through the bags Sponsler was carrying to check what she had stolen, police explained. While they were preoccupied, Sponsler unbuckled herself, maneuvered herself out of her handcuffs and jumped in the front seat of the car, video shows.
Sponsler led officers on a twenty- three minute chase as she drove up to 100 miles per hour, footage shows. She also repeatedly tried to take out a shotgun that was attached to the car, police said. Officers were eventually able to stop her by using a pursuit intervention technique maneuver.
Sponsler now faces charges including escape causing serious bodily injury/threat of a deadly weapon, aggravated assault against a public servant and possession of a controlled substance among other charges.
“During the initial review we determined that limiting the size of the partition window in its open position could prevent this from occurring in the future if the locking mechanism fails or is not engaged,” Lufkin Police Department ssistant Chief David Thomas said about an investigation into the matter Tuesday.
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