A woman who was in custody climbed through the cage window and took off in a patrol car.
On Saturday, September 2 the Lufkin Police Department arrested a woman for shoplifting following a short foot chase. The officers cuffed 33-year-old Toscha Sponsler, put her in the back of a patrol car, and started searching through her belongings.
While the officers were doing a search for stolen property, Sponsler slipped out of her handcuffs. She looks out the back window to check if any police are watching her then crawls through the tiny cage window and into the front seat.
The video below shows her take off in the patrol car, leading police on a chase that exceeded speeds of over 100 miles per hour. The pursuit came to an end when a DPS Trooper performed a PIT maneuver on her, causing her to lose control.
Officers had to break the window out on the patrol car to remove her from the vehicle. She was charged with escape causing serious bodily injury/threat of a deadly weapon, aggravated assault against a public servant, possession of a controlled substance, evading arrest with a vehicle with a previous conviction and unauthorized use of a vehicle.