We won't be able to top this story for the display of an unusual skill set or for sheer idiocy. On September 24, 28 year-old Candace Broussard was arrested on the campus of Lamar State College in Port Arthur, Texas. Not so bad really, nor very weird. What happened next is. Broussard was handcuffed and sitting in the police cruiser when she gets into the front seat, steals the police the car and takes off down Highway 69 at about 100mph.
Not only was Broussard handcuffed in the back of the patrol car of Officer Max Wolgast while he was outside completing his investigation, reports KFDM News, she was sitting behind one of the prisoner screens patrol cars are all outfitted with. Broussard managed to get her hands in front of her, slide the screen over, climb into the front seat, and speed away. That is one set of survival skills on this young woman.
Unfortunately, her skills did match the brain power driving her, or the car. Even though she lead officers on a high speed chase, she was slowed when she hit two spike strips tossed into the path of her car. KFDM reports she came to as stop at the Espresso Bay service station and thankfully, didn't use the shotgun available to her in the patrol car.
Not picking up the weapon might be the only thing Candace Broussard did right. She quickly turned what could have been a misdemeanor trespassing incident (assuming charges were even filed) into a nice little string of felonies. According to KFDM, Broussard has been charged with escape, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, and evading detention, as well as trespassing. Additionally, Broussard turned her evading arrest charge into a felony under Texas Penal Code § 38.04, since she used a vehicle in the commission.
The following is not legal advice, just advice. If you are in trouble, don't make it worse. Staying put and trying to discuss the issue with authorities would have not resulted in a banged up patrol car, an extremely unhappy cop and three extra charges on the record. Next time, don't drive cuffed.
- Handcuffed Woman Flees In Purloined Patrol Car Friday (KWTX.com)
- Texas Penal Code - Section 38.06. Escape (Tx. Penal Code)
- Texas Criminal Laws (FindLaw)
- Trespassing Basics (FindLaw)