A modern Houdini? Texas woman slips out of handcuffs, steals police car

LUFKIN, Texas (WDTN) – Police in Texas released video showing a woman stealing one of their cruisers after she was arrested, handcuffed and put into the back of the vehicle.

Body camera video shows officers taking Toscha Sponsler into custody for shoplifting. She manages to take off her seatbelt while sitting in the back of the police vehicle. A few minutes later she’s able to slip out of her handcuffs, then crawls into the front of the SUV and takes off.

Body camera video shows officers going through her things the moment she takes off. They try to chase after her but she’s able to get away.

Dash cam video from inside the stolen vehicle shows her driving on the wrong side of the road and through the grass. Authorities say speeds during the chase reached 100 mph.

About 20 minutes after the chase began, Sponsler lost control of the vehicle. You can see her spinning out before coming to a stop on the side of the road. Officers approached the vehicle and tried to get her to come out, but she remained locked in the car. One officer then smashes the window while another unlocks the door and pulls her out.

The entire escapade was captured on police dashcam and body camera video. At the end of the video you can see an officer installing a new device in between the front and back seats on all of their marked units. The video ends with a thumbs up and a witty hashtag: #foolmeonce.

Police say Sponsler had been originally identified as a shoplifting suspect. She’s now charged with escape, causing serious bodily injury, aggravated assault against a public servant, evading arrest with a vehicle, unauthorized use of a vehicle and possession of a controlled substance.

Sponsler remains in jail on bonds totaling $18,000.

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