In newly released dashcam footage, police say that a high-speed chase on the Utah Salt Flats is from a woman who stole a Highway Patrol car while in Handcuffs, and the camera captured it all.
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The video shows a State Trooper handcuffing 28 year old Tommy Rodriguez of west valley, and after the Trooper locks Rodriguez inside the cage of his patrol car, the officer then goes back to the scene of the crash to arrest 32 year old Brandy Willes.
The trooper handcuffs her and shuts the passenger side door to his cruiser and heads to grab the suspects belongings from good Samaritans in a truck who stopped to assist after the initial crash.
However, as the cruiser door is shut by the officer, Willes asks Rodriguez if “he’s ready”, then tells him “I love you,” and starts making her way behind the wheel.
“She ends up doing what we call a ‘slip the cuffs.’ The cuffs are on the back, she ends up slipping them to the front,” said Sgt. Todd Royce. “She's still handcuffed, slips them to the front, slides across the console puts the vehicle and drive and starts to go.”
She not only hit the accelerator in the vehicle and drove away, but the suspects achieved speeds of over a hundred and thirty miles an hour.
A few minutes later the car stopped, and the suspects abandoned the police cruiser and took off on foot. However to their dismay the trooper wasn't far behind. He was chasing them in the good Samaritan's truck who had stopped to help.
Troopers were able to apprehend the getaway driver and her passenger, and they were both detained.
“You're driving down the road in a stolen patrol car. We're going to find you,” said Sgt. Royce “It's not like you're just going to get away.”
Officials say the pair of criminals now will be charged with a number of felonies for their crimes. Not only did they steal two cars, including a police cruiser, but Troopers say they were driving under the influence of drugs at the time.