Teen arrested after escaping cuffs, stealing cop car

12:33 AM, Mar 14, 2013   |    comments
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ATLANTA -- Atlanta Police have arrested a teen after they say he stole a police car and barricaded himself in a house.

On Wednesday evening, 11Alive News learned from Lt. Chandler of the East Point Police Department that the boy is being looked at by several other Georgia jurisdictions for other crimes, including armed robbery.

11Alive's Doug Richards reported that SWAT used tear gas to enter the house and arrest the teen on Wednesday afternoon.

Police said the East Point patrol car was stolen on Astor Avenue after the teen was arrested for driving another stolen car.

According to Chandler the teen had been seen driving at a high rate of speed on Main Street in East Point Wednesday morning. After the teen crashed into at least three cars on Astor Avenue, he was arrested, handcuffed and placed in the back of an East Point patrol car.

Chandler said the boy was able to slip out of the cuffs and commandeer the police car.

The car was found by Atlanta Police near the intersection of Mozley and Chicamauga in southwest Atlanta later Wednesday morning.

The teen was tracked to his home on Gideons Street, about a block from where the police car was located.

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