Handcuffed Seattle Man Steals Police Cruiser

Teddy Bell mugshot

Teddy Bell mugshot

King County deputies say a man they were arresting managed to steal a cop car and elude capture all morning- all while handcuffed.

Teddy Bell, 26, was approached by a deputy around 8:30 a.m. on July 25, 2015 after a call came in about a suspicious person. It was found that Bell had several warrants out for his arrest.

Somehow he managed to slip the cuffs to the front and get in the driver’s seat of the deputy’s SUV.

Officers and SWAT teams mobilized to search and they found the cruiser ditched about eight miles away near Rattlesnake Lake.

Bell had fled into the trees near the Wilderness Rim. Witnesses reported seeing a handcuffed man running through yards.

The manhunt continued all morning with two K9 units and a helicopter and only ended around 2 p.m. when the canine officers tracked Bell down hiding deep under mud, leaves, and other debris, said police.

“He’s within a few feet of him. He’s right on top of him and this guy is secreted, is buried so well that he couldn’t have found him,” said Capt. Rodney Chinnick of the King County Sheriff’s Office.

No weapons were stolen from the cruiser and investigators will be looking at the devices inside the deputy’s SUV to determine how Bell managed to steal the vehicle.

Charges are to be determined.

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