Update: Man who escaped, handcuffed, from squad car has been arrested

Update: Man who escaped, handcuffed, from squad car has been arrested

The Douglas County sheriff’s office reports that a man who got out, handcuffed, through the back window of a squad car late Sunday night has been arrested.

According to a release from the sheriff’s office, Jordan Scribner was a passenger in a Chevrolet Impala with a loud muffler as the vehicle was traveling through Villa Grove at about 11:30 p.m. Sunday.  

A sheriff’s deputy and Villa Grove police officer stopped the car in Champaign County, at 1575E County Road 100N.

Scribner identified himself to the deputy, who then learned he was wanted on a warrant for failure to appear on a traffic charge. He was arrested and searched, and several items of drug paraphernalia were found in his pockets.

Scribner was handcuffed with his arms behind his back and placed in the back seat of the Douglas County squad car. While the driver of the Impala was being questioned, Scribner was able to escape, while handcuffed, through the rear window.

Once out of the car, he ran into a nearby cornfield.

Police from Villa Grove, Tuscola and Arthur, as well as the Douglas County sheriff’s office and state police were unable to find him for much of the day.

Then, at 8 p.m. Master Sgt. Kirk Rogers and Master Sgt. Ryan Starrick of the state police arrested Scribner without incident in the vicinity of County Road 1550 N and Illinois 130 just north of Villa Grove.

According to a police report, Scribner was still handcuffed at the time of his arrest.

“The state police received a tip that Scribner had been in the Champaign-Urbana area and would turn himself in to law enforcement authorities if Rogers, a family friend, agreed to be present,” said Douglas County Chief Deputy Peter Buckley.

Scribner was taken initially to the Douglas County Jail and was later transferred to the Champaign County Jail. He's expected to make a court appearance in Urbana Tuesday afternoon.

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grateful wrote on September 17, 2013 at 8:09 am

I'm glad this ended with the young man turning himself in. Hopefully he'll learn from this experience and move forward in a positive manner.