October 12, 2021 |

The Crime Beat in Carbon County keeps getting weirder and wilder. What happened Friday night in Rawlins is for the police academy text books. A suspect taken into custody, handcuffed and placed in the backseat of a Rawlins police cruiser managed a Houdini-style escape.

The 41-year-old man from California managed to slip his hands through the cuffs, crawl through the bars of the prisoner transport cell, get into the front seat and steal the cruiser. Cali O’Hare has the story.

Pictured above, clockwise: 1. Suspect James Estes, mugshot courtesy of Sweetwater County Sheriff’s Office. 2. Demonstrating how small the window in the cage of the RPD cruiser is for Bigfoot 99, Chief Michael Ward holds a foot-long ruler in the space. 3. Demonstrating how small the window in the cage of the RPD cruiser is for Bigfoot 99, Chief Michael Ward struggles to fit his head through the opening. 4. (Background) This October 8, 2021 file photo depicts RPD Sgt. Jesse Calhoun’s stolen police cruiser with its tires flattened in the center median of I80 near Rock Springs.

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