Santa Clarita, CA – A handcuffed Los Angeles County jail inmate busted out the window of a moving patrol car and pushed himself through the broken glass before falling face-first onto the pavement over the weekend (video below).
The incident, which was captured on video by another motorist, occurred on the 5 Freeway at the Calgrove Boulevard in the Newhall community shortly before 5 p.m. on Dec. 31, KABC reported.
Deputies said the inmate was being transported for the north County Correctional Facility in Castaic to the Los Angeles County Medical Center for an unspecified injury when he suddenly began kicking on the passenger rear window of the patrol vehicle, according to KTLA.
He also used his head and shoulder and ultimately succeeded in breaking out the glass, CBS News reported.
The deputy immediately stopped the car as the handcuffed inmate pushed his body through the opening and flung himself from side to side to get free, the video showed.
The suspect fell face-first onto the roadway and was apprehended by a second deputy soon after he hit the pavement.
A Good Samaritan jumped out to help the deputy and the inmate was quickly placed back inside the patrol vehicle and restrained, KTLA reported.
Deputies then resumed their trip to the hospital as intended, the sheriff’s office said.
The department further noted that the suspect was later taken to the inmate reception center to be reclassified, CBS News reported.
The prisoner’s identity was not released and it is unknown what offenses landed him in jail in the first place.
It is also unclear if he will face new charges for his failed escape attempt and the damages he caused to the patrol vehicle.
Watch the incident unfold in the video below:
Inmate Attempts Escape From Patrol Car back Window
Newhall, California.— Video captured an inmate’s attempted escape from the back of a Los Angeles County Sheriff patrol car on Saturday.
The attempted escape took place at about 5 p.m Saturday on the 5 freeway. pic.twitter.com/qerh3jdyD9
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