Texas woman escapes handcuffs and steals a police cruiser

Watch: Texas suspect slips out of back seat, cuffs to steal police car, lead officers on chase

Newly released police footage shows an arrested woman escaping police custody in incredible fashion: by slipping out of her handcuffs, driving off in a police SUV and leading authorities on a high-speed chase, reports Cleveland 19 News.

Officers were going through her belongings outside the vehicle at the time.

For the next 23 minutes, officers chased the stolen SUV, reaching speeds of up to 100 miles per hour.

While police were checking her bags for the stolen items, the woman was able to unbuckle her seatbelt, take off her handcuffs and crawl through the window partition to the driver's seat.

The cops then rush the vehicle, breaking the window before hauling her out of the driver's seat and arresting her again.

Dash-cam footage shows Sponsler trying to unlock the shotgun attached to the auto; she was unable to defeat the lock. The officers sprang toward the cruiser and managed to open the auto door as she pulled off. Officers followed the suspect and a high-speed chase ensued.

She's then shown wriggling in the back seat of the patrol unit.

Toscha Sponsler was captured on multiple cameras making her audacious 20-minute escape bid before crashing spectacularly as she lost control of the stolen cop vehicle. She had been identified as a potential shoplifter. "During the 100-mph chase, Sponsler almost went head-on with two Lufkin police units and Constable Chad Wilson". Ultimately, she was unable to remove the lock. She was finally apprehended when officers performed a pursuit intervention technique (PIT) maneuver, ramming the car's rear fender so that it spun out of control and came to a stop wedged against a tree.Her entire escape attempt was captured on the police car's dash camera.

She was taken to the Angelina County Jail, where she remains on a collective $18,000 bond.

Sponsler is now being detained on bonds equaling $18,000.

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