Cops: Handcuffed man escapes patrol car
Glenwood Springs Correspondent
Vail, CO Colorado
GLENWOOD SPRINGS – Scott Bradley Christenson didn’t want to get arrested.
While in handcuffs in the back of a patrol car, he wiggled his way into the front seat through a window in a Plexiglas separator, then out the vehicle’s front door, Glenwood Springs Police Chief Terry Wilson said.
Christenson, 35, was arrested Friday afternoon on suspicion of second-degree assault, third-degree assault, resisting arrest and attempting to escape, Wilson said.
“Usually we don’t engage in the practice of catch and release,” Wilson said. “We don’t believe in gold medal waters when it comes to these things.”
Wilson said Christenson was placed in the back of a patrol vehicle and escaped while the officer went inside for a short time to speak with an alleged victim. The officer didn’t make sure the sliding window was fully secured and Christenson “wormed” his way through the window in the separator between the front and back seats, Wilson said.
Christenson was apprehended soon after escaping down the street where he was trying to hide on a porch, Wilson said.
“I have a feeling that that particular officer will always make sure the window is very well secured,” he said.
Wilson said the window is not very large and someone would have to be small, athletic and “highly motivated” to get through it while handcuffed.
Police made the initial arrest after responding to a domestic disturbance call at a residence on the 700 block of Bennett Avenue, Wilson said.
Someone reported hearing fighting and seeing Christenson dragging a woman down the sidewalk in a “headlock,” Wilson said.