VIDEO: Tweaker Slips Cuffs, Steals Patrol Car, Goes On Insane Pursuit
Video: Toscha Sponsler Steals Lufkin Patrol Car After Arrest
Lufkin, TX – Lufkin Police Department has released video showing a suspect slipping her cuffs, stealing a patrol car, and then leading officers on a pursuit (video below.)
The incident happened Saturday after Toscha Sponsler, 33, was arrested for shoplifting. Once she was in the patrol car, she could be seen on the dash camera slipping her cuffs, and then jumping through the divider to the driver’s seat.
Lufkin PD released the following information about the incident:
Toscha Sponsler, 33, of Pollok, stole a patrol unit Saturday following a call of a possible shoplifter at Ulta.
After officers ran her down on foot, Sponsler was cuffed behind her back and seat belted into a patrol unit.
As officers went through her bags of stolen goods, Sponsler removed her seat belt, slipped her cuffs and climbed through a window partition to the driver’s seat.
She then led officers on a 23-minute, 100 mph chase that began at Ulta and ended in Zavalla after a DPS Trooper used a PIT maneuver to make her lose control of the vehicle.
Sponsler nearly went head on with two Lufkin officers and a Huntington constable during the pursuit. Throughout the chase, officers could see her reaching for the officer’s shotgun which was mechanically locked to the vehicle.
She waived medical treatment at the scene and was taken to the Angelina County Jail where she remains on a collective $18,000 bond.
Sponsler is charged with escape causing serious bodily injury/threat of a deadly weapon, aggravated assault against a public servant, possession of a controlled substance, evading arrest with a vehicle with a previous conviction and unauthorized use of a vehicle.
You can see the video of the arrest, car theft, and pursuit below.