Lincoln County Man Caught After Escaping Patrol Car While In Handcuffs

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Authorities say they apprehended Clarence Crutchfield who escaped the back of a patrol car while in handcuffs late Sunday night.

Deputies say Crutchfield was still wearing the cuffs when he was located, but the chain had been cut.

He now faces several felony and misdemeanor warrants related to the initial crimes and his escape.

Original Story (Feb. 18, 2019):

DENVER, NC — Lincoln County deputies say they’re still looking for the man who escaped custody Sunday night after being handcuffed and placed in the back of a patrol car.

Clarence Crutchfield, 50, was arrested by deputies responding to a reported break-in involving multiple suspects on Burnwood Trail. Deputies say they spotted Crutchfield and two other people in a vehicle nearby, and stopped them for questioning.

None of the vehicle’s occupants had a valid driver’s license, according to officials.

While running checks on their identities, deputies say they discovered Crutchfield, who was driving the vehicle, had multiple felony warrants issued for his arrest. He was then placed in handcuffs  and put in the back of the patrol car.

The deputy reportedly left the car to try and locate another possible suspect, believing Crutchfield was secured. When he returned however, the deputy reported the back window was down and Crutchfield was missing.

At this time, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office says Crutchfield is still on the loose.

He is wanted on outstanding warrants for breaking and entering a building, larceny after breaking and entering and possession of stolen goods. Crutchfield is also charged with misdemeanor counts of larceny of handcuffs, possession of stolen goods and resist, delay and obstruct a public officer.

Anyone with information is asked to call the LCSO at 704-732-9050.