- Associated Press - Thursday, February 19, 2015

DOW, Okla. (AP) - Police say that a man who was hand-cuffed from behind drove away with a sheriff deputy’s cruiser during a traffic stop.

The McAlester News-Capital (https://bit.ly/1LhRva6 ) reports that 33-year-old Temple Clancy was hand-cuffed and placed in the front passenger seat of Deputy Johnny Jenkins’ cruiser while officers searched his car. Clancy gained control of the cruiser, and sped away.

Officer Jenkins fired his weapon at the speeding vehicle as it passed. A tow-truck driver, who was the scene to impound Clancy’s car, followed him and later found the cruiser abandoned outside Haileyville.

A manhunt ensued until police found Clancy hiding in a wooded area. He was taken to the Pittsburg County Jail after being treated for injuries he had sustained while running through the woods.

Pittsburg County Sheriff Joel Kerns called the attempted escape “senseless.”

“You are not going to gain anything by doing that,” Kerns said. “You are not going to get away. We knew who he was.”

Clancy was originally stopped by police after they noticed his “vehicle was blacked out and parked in the middle of the street,” according to an affidavit. A woman who was also in the car was arrested at the time. Neither she nor Clancy had a valid driver’s license.

Clancy is charged with manufacturing a controlled dangerous substance, larceny of automobile, and escape from arrest or detention. It unknown if he is being represented by an attorney at this time.

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Information from: McAlester News-Capital, https://www.mcalesternews.com


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