Dash cam shows handcuffed suspects stealing police cruiser


Newly released dashcam video shows parts of a high-speed chase on the Utah Salt Flats from the point of view of a woman who police say stole a Highway Patrol car while in handcuffs.

Dash cam video shows a trooper cuffing 28-year-old Tommy Rodriguez of west valley.

Locking Rodriguez in the cage of his patrol car, the trooper goes back to the crash scene to arrest 32-year-old Brandy Willes of Kearns.

He handcuffs her and shuts the passenger side door.

The trooper then goes to get the suspects' belongings from the good Samaritans in the truck who stopped to help after the crash.

But just as the door slammed shut, Willes askes Rodriguez if he’s ready, tells him “I love you,” and starts making her way behind the wheel.

“She ends up doing what we call a ‘slip the cuffs.’ The cuffs are on the back, she ends up slipping them to the front,” said Sgt. Todd Royce. “She's still handcuffed, slips them to the front, slides across the console puts the vehicle and drive and starts to go.

Racing down the freeway, the suspects topped more than a hundred and thirty miles an hour. Minutes later, the car came to a stop.

Ditching the cruiser the suspects made a run for it, but the trooper wasn't far behind. He was chasing them in the good Samaritan's truck.

With the help from backup, the two were arrested.

“You're driving down the road in a stolen patrol car. We're going to find you,” said Sgt. Royce “It's not like you're just going to get away.”

Officials say the duo faces a long list of felony charges. Not only did they steal two cars -- but troopers say they were driving under the influence of drugs.

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