WICHITA COUNTY, Texas — The Taylor County Sheriff’s Office got quite a surprise Thursday afternoon when a prisoner escaped from a patrol car while the arresting deputy was driving down an interstate highway.
The entire incident was captured on video shot by Jennifer Mustain and later posted to Facebook.
Martin Estrada, 31, was reportedly being transported from the Red River facility in Wichita Falls to a center in Abilene when the inmate managed to free one of his hands from handcuffs and then shatter the rear passenger window of the patrol vehicle. Estrada demanded the deputy pull over or the suspect would kill himself, according to deputies.
When the officer refused, Estrada allegedly climbed out the window and onto the roof of the patrol car!
Mustain quickly called 911 to report the man, whom she referred to as Jason, atop the vehicle as the incident continued to unfold along Highway 277.
The deputy continued driving with the prisoner atop the car until Wichita County police arrived. When the officer pulled over, the prisoner jumped off the car and tried to run into a nearby field. However, he was tased during his attempted escape, placed back into handcuffs, and transported to jail by Wichita County Sheriff’s Office.
Estrada was already charged with evading arrest, aggravated robbery, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver charges before Thursday’s incident.
He now faces additional charges.