FREE e-Newsletter
Important News - Hot Topics
Get them Now!

The Law Officer's Pocket Manual - Bloomberg BNA
This handy 4" x 6" spiral-bound manual offers examples showing how rules are...

Top News

Handcuffed Man Steals Washington Deputy's Patrol Car

July 26, 2015  | 

The man who police say stole a King County Sheriff's patrol car while handcuffed was finally taken into custody a second time Saturday afternoon after a search that lasted for several hours.

The hunt began after a deputy reported his SUV stolen around 9 a.m. in the North Bend area. The deputy was responding to a report of a suspicious car and person around 8:30 a.m., the King County Sheriff's Office said, and approached a man who had several warrants out for his arrest.

It is unclear what followed, but the investigators say the suspect, identified as 26-year-old Teddy Bell of Snoqualmie, managed to get into the deputy's car and drive off while still handcuffed. The deputy was not in the SUV at the time, a sheriff's office spokesman said.

Officials told KOMO TV Bell managed to slip the cuffs in a way to where he could get his hands in front of him.

Bell drove the deputy's SUV about 5 miles before stopping in the Uplands area near North Bend, according to Capt. Rodney Chinnick with the King County Sheriff's Office. Deputies and officers from several different law enforcement agencies set-up a perimeter around the area, brought in a search helicopter and two police dogs and tracked him down.

Comments (2)

Displaying 1 - 2 of 2

John jackson @ 7/27/2015 3:12 PM

Deputy needs to find another job!

Jon Retired LEO @ 7/27/2015 7:23 PM

There are a lot of people out there who are flexible enough to bring their hands down and under the buttocks and around the feet to get in front. The only answer to this problem if the officer suspects it could happen are belly chains secured with cuff and black boxes covering the keyholes. They have to be tight enough to keep from going over the hips.

Join the Discussion

POLICE Magazine does not tolerate comments that include profanity, personal attacks or antisocial behavior (such as "spamming" or "trolling"). This and other inappropriate content or material will be removed. We reserve the right to block any user who violates this, including removing all content posted by that user.
Get Your FREE Trial Issue and Win a Gift! Subscribe Today!
Yes! Please rush me my FREE TRIAL ISSUE of POLICE magazine and FREE Officer Survival Guide with tips and tactics to help me safely get out of 10 different situations.

Just fill in the form to the right and click the button to receive your FREE Trial Issue.

If POLICE does not satisfy you, just write "cancel" on the invoice and send it back. You'll pay nothing, and the FREE issue is yours to keep. If you enjoy POLICE, pay only $25 for a full one-year subscription (12 issues in all). Enjoy a savings of nearly 60% off the cover price!

Offer valid in US only. Outside U.S., click here.
Police Magazine