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SAPD officer crashes car as detained man attempts escape

SAPD: Man in custody kicked out backseat window of patrol car

A San Antonio police officer was involved in an accident while transporting a man who tried to escape custody late Sunday night.

Police investigators said the man was arrested on a charge of public intoxication and being transported to the magistrate's office when he pulled his handcuffed hands to the front of his body and began to kick out the back seat window of the patrol car.

The officer took her eyes off the road for a second to check on the suspect, said San Antonio police Sgt. Javier Salazar, and side-swiped a retaining wall on the exit ramp at Interstate 35 North at Alamo Street around 11 p.m.

"She was able to stop the vehicle just as the prisoner was breaking through the window and escaping. She was able to get that prisoner back into control. A passerby assisted her in doing so," Salazar said.

No one was injured during the crash, but the officer was hurt during a struggle with the suspect, Salazar said.

The 27-year-old suspect was originally going to be charged with public intoxication.

"It's a relatively minor offense that he was initially arrested for, and, really, all he did was compound his problems 10-fold. Now he's looking ... at a criminal mischief charge and an escape charge," Salazar said.

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