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.