Handcuffed suspect steals police car, chats on two-way

The car was recovered from a drainage ditch with guns still inside, but no sign of the suspect. (Source: WLS/CNN)
The car was recovered from a drainage ditch with guns still inside, but no sign of the suspect. (Source: WLS/CNN)

KOUTS, IN (WLS/CNN) - Police in northwest Indiana are searching for a man they said stole a police car while he was handcuffed during a traffic stop on Monday.

They found the car yesterday with the guns still inside.

Officials said the cruiser was dumped in a drainage ditch, but before they could locate it, the suspect talked with them over the two-way radio.

"Our officer was requesting that he stop and turn himself in, and then the potential for injury is always there when somebody's in a car, let alone a police car," said Porter County Sheriff's Captain George Gonzalez.

Police said they stopped the 22-year-old suspect for a routine traffic violation but found drugs in the car.

He allegedly took off in the squad car while officers searched his vehicle.

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