Police say Florida woman escapes handcuffs, steals patrol car

Published: Sep. 11, 2019 at 5:20 AM EDT
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By: Associated Press

September 11, 2019

HIGH SPRINGS, Fla. (AP) -- Authorities say a Florida woman arrested on stalking allegations slipped out of her handcuffs and fled in a stolen a patrol car.

The Gainesville Sun reports 30-year-old Mary Liane Fritz was twice arrested Monday.

High Springs police say Fritz followed a woman to the police station, where the woman told officers Fritz was stalking her.

Officers say they handcuffed Fritz behind her back and placed her in the back of a patrol car.

An arrest report says Fritz escaped the restraints, climbed through the partition to the front and drove off, crashing through a gate.

Officers used GPS to track the patrol vehicle, and Fritz was eventually taken back into custody on charges including vehicle theft.

Fritz was being held on $95,000 bond. Jail records didn't list an attorney.