In an episode that wouldn't have been out of place on Reno 911!, a man that was on suspicion of being under the influence of drugs, alcohol or both, was picked up by police for stealing a pickup truck, and managed to wriggle out of his handcuffs and steal the police cruiser he was being held inside. The entire fiasco, which took place last month near Salt Lake City, can be seen on the cruiser's in-car cameras.

The suspect, Gordon Graham, took advantage of the officers' inattentiveness while they were searching his truck, contorting about so his hands were in front of him, and then wiggling out of the cuffs. He then dove head-first through a flap that was opened for him after complaining about the heat, got in the driver's seat, and made a break for freedom.

After nearly hitting one of the deputies in his escape, Graham lead police on a high-speed chase across two Utah counties. He eventually abandoned the cruiser, leading cops on a two-hour manhunt.

Not surprisingly, police caught up with him. Graham was charged, plead guilty and was sentenced to prison for second-degree receiving stolen property, second-degree theft and two counts of shoplifting in the third degree.

Check out the two videos below for a rundown of the chase. The first is a newcast from KSL TV in Salt Lake, while the other is in-car video of Graham's escape from the handcuffs.



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      Bernard
      • 1 Year Ago
      That's why you don't leave the perp alone unattended. Just because he is in the car doesn't mean that he isn't trying something.
      jaeflame
      • 1 Year Ago
      @ladycoco....while dived is the original past tense of dive and appears in the dictionary that way, dove has been used for centuries in North American English speaking countries and either dived or dove is considered correct here.
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        teh POD
        • 1 Year Ago
        You are a gentleman and a scholar, sir.
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          @teh POD
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        reattadudes
        • 1 Year Ago
        actually, watching the video BEFORE 4:53 gives a ton of insight into how screwed up on drugs he really was. he wasted that much time seeing if he could fit thru the opening, and about three minutes of spastic fidgeting before he finally crawled thru the opening, and drove away. it was pure luck he didn't kill anyone in the chase.
          • 1 Year Ago
          @reattadudes
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      bleexeo
      • 1 Year Ago
      Must have been a big box of fresh donuts in the pick-up truck which gave the perp plenty of time to escape.
      ngiotta
      • 1 Year Ago
      I guess this where the phrase "drive it like you stole it" is appropriate?
      The Wasp
      • 1 Year Ago
      I hope they review why the cop shot at the car. I wonder if his thought was to shoot out a tire or to kill the guy driving away in their car.
        Jim R
        • 1 Year Ago
        @The Wasp
        He tried to run the officer down. You try to hit a cop with your car (or someone else's car), you're GOING to be shot at.
          The Wasp
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Jim R
          It appears to me that the officer fired as the car was driving away. Based on the video, I also think it's hard to say that he attempted to hit the officer. Either way, the police do not have the right nor duty to fire at someone -- unless he/she poses a foreseeable threat in the immediate future.
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          @Jim R
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          tegdesign
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Jim R
          He has every legal right to fire at a convict making an escape, let alone a dangerous escape in a potentially deadly vehicle. If this guy had run over kids in a crosswalk in his escape the cop would certainly be questioned as to why they didn't get more shots off as he was driving away.
          tegdesign
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Jim R
          Wasp. In real life police do not shoot to disable vehicles. They shoot to kill only. It doen't matter if he was a convict or not (the report said went back to jail) the guy stepped on the throttle with a person, a police officer in front of it and if he has stayed in place would have been run over. Then there is the danger to the public of a guy driving dangerously with hand cuffs on. The police have an obligation to the public to eliminate that danger by taking this scumbag out. He mad his choice in life. You might not like it but that the way things work. Some things are still set up with old fashioned common sense.
      Firefly
      • 1 Year Ago
      Well played...LOL!
      Koenigsegg
      • 1 Year Ago
      LOL
      Dark Gnat
      • 1 Year Ago
      May want to invest in Partition Cages.
      vi_per
      • 1 Year Ago
      Not political correct but this is.............AWESOME!
      Jeremy Pennini
      • 1 Year Ago
      Why would they put a suspect in a detective car? Why didn't they wait for backup to put the suspect in a standard issue patrol car?
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