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Man Escaped Cuffs to Steal Police Car

Man Escaped Cuffs to Steal Police Car



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Sarah Dallof ReportingPolice believe a car burglary suspect was able to escape handcuffs then steal a police car. The man is accused of driving through a West Valley neighborhood in the stolen police car with lights on and sirens blaring.

It all started when a attentive West Valley Police officer says he noticed two people breaking into cars at the USANA Amphitheater. Twenty-seven-year-old Dallas Prokopis was arrested, handcuffed and put into the back of a police car while officers dealt with the other suspect.

Man Escaped Cuffs to Steal Police Car

Prokopis was somehow able to slip his hands from behind his back, crawl through the car's partition and drive off into a West Valley neighborhood.

West Valley City Police Lieutenant Matt Elson told us, "My understanding is the emergency equipment was on while he was driving down the road."

A witness, Jacob Proctor, said, "When he was zooming by I thought it was kinda weird because there was just a normal car chasing after a cop, but we found out it was an undercover cop."

Police say Prokopis ditched the car in a school parking lot. They tracked him using dogs, finally locating him on top of a roof. Today he's is in jail, charged with escape, joyriding and possession of burglary tools.

Police say this isn't the first time they've dealt with Prokopis; he's been arrested in the past for stealing cars.

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