PRICHARD, Ala. (WALA) - FOX10 News has obtained surveillance video of a suspect stealing a Prichard Police car.
The video shows officers checking on the suspect in the back seat of the police cruiser numerous times and investigating what authorities call a “suspicious” car parked in the gas station parking lot.
About 20 minutes after the suspect was placed in the back seat of the car, officers stepped out of the view of the camera.
The video shows the police cruiser speeding off and officers jumping in their cars to chase the cruiser.
Investigators said Jessee James Russell, 23, was behind the wheel.
According to Prichard Police, the incident happened at Tuesday morning, September 17.
Investigators said Russell, repositioned his handcuffs in the back seat of a cruiser and crawled through the sliding window, got into the driver’s seat and sped off.
Officers were responding to a dispatch call on a suspicious vehicle on Telegraph Road. While on the scene, Russell was arrested for drug charges.
Authorities said officers shot at the car in attempts to stop it, but they missed.
"They called us so that we could help. We got our K-9 on the scene but we were not able to find him,” said MCSO spokesperson Lori Myles.
The video shows officers following the cruiser after it sped off. Authorities said Russell wrecked the car near Turner Road and took off on foot. According to jail records, Russell is still on the loose.
"He was wanted. He had warrants out for him; he knew that. He was already breaking the law, and he has been a frequent flier at our jail before so he doesn't want to return. He can't do his life of crime in there,” said Myles.
A store clerk, who asked not to be identified, saw the whole thing.
"To be honest, I laughed. It kind of like... it really blowed me to see something like that happen because you don't really see anything like that happening real life. You always see it on TV,” said the clerk.
Chief Dorothy Ferrell has been unavailable for comment since Tuesday morning. FOX10 News wants to know if guns where in the vehicle and if the officers followed protocol.
We will continue to follow this developing story.
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