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Woman Steals Squad Car, Escapes Police Custody

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WELLSTON, Mo. (KMOX) - Police in Wellston are searching for a 49-year-old woman who escaped from police custody by stealing a squad car.

The woman was pulled over Thursday for having fake temporary tags on her car. She was handcuffed and placed her in a patrol car.

But while an officer was collecting information, police say the woman was able to get her hands in front of her, slide into the front seat and drive off. She abandoned the car and ran off.

Authorities say the suspect had been arrested previously for assault on a law enforcement officer.

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