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Decatur police: Inmate steals, wrecks Winston County Sheriff's Office cruiser

An inmate is back in custody after police say a Winston County Sheriff's Office cruiser was stolen by that inmate and involved in a crash in Decatur.

Posted: Feb 3, 2020 8:57 PM
Updated: Feb 4, 2020 8:01 AM

An inmate is back in custody after police say a Winston County Sheriff's Office cruiser was stolen by that inmate and involved in a crash in Decatur.

About 4:45 p.m. Monday, Decatur police officers responded to a reckless driver call at the intersection of Cedar Lake Road and Hwy. 31 South.

They determined the cruiser hit another vehicle and then a light pole there.

The inmate was captured, said Emme Long, Decatur police spokesperson.

A cashier at the gas station witnessed it all, and told WAAY31 she is thankful the inmate is back in custody. 

"It's the craziest thing I've ever seen," Alexis Myers said. "I've probably told this story over 200 times."

Myers said she was ringing up a customer when she heard a big boom.

"You look outside and you see this cop car flying through the air. He went sideways, took out that telephone pole out here," Myers said.

"The tire, it went rolling, took the assault rifle that was inside the vehicle, busted out the window, went to go crawl out of it when he seen Decatur cops all over him," she said.

Myers said when onlookers realized it was not a member of law enforcement driving the vehicle, fear started to set in. But, she said Decatur police acted quickly.

"He threw the assault rifle down and they ended up pulling him out and getting him," Myers said.

It was a moment she said will stick with her.

"Somebody could have been killed out here. People walk these streets all the time," Myers said. "Luckily, everyone was safe and nobody got hurt, and he got caught and he's being taken back to wherever he came from."

The spokesperson said the inmate, whose name has not yet been released, will face charges from both Winston County and the Decatur Police Department.

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