White Settlement police are searching for a burglary suspect who managed to slink out of the backseat of a police car, get behind the wheel and speed away.
Department spokesman Lt. J.P. Bevering said they found the abandoned cop car at an apartment complex in west Fort Worth. The suspect wasn't with it, however the department is working to secure a warrant for his arrest. His name will be released after the warrant is granted, Bevering said.
"We already know this person, we've dealt with him several times so I don't think he's a threat to the public," he said.
Police were called to a burglary in progress at a business in the 800 block of S. Cherry Lane at 7:20 a.m. Friday. Officers found the suspect, handcuffed him and put him into the back of a police car. While detectives interviewed witnesses, Bevering said the man somehow rolled down the back window and opened the door from the outside.
The suspect got behind the wheel of the cop car and drove away –– police saw it but not catch up to it in time, Bevering said.
Officers soon gave chase, using 911 calls reporting the cruiser driving erratically as guidance. The suspect drove into Fort Worth and abandoned the vehicle at an apartment complex at Shenendoah Road and Clermont Ave., roughly three miles from White Settlement. Police found the vehicle just after 9 a.m.
Bevering said the man has a "lengthy record" and lives in White Settlement. Detectives are interviewing friends and family, but he remains at large.