Authorities Say Handcuffed Woman Escapes and Steals Cruiser

A Nash County woman is in the hospital after lawmen say she escaped from custody and led sheriff's deputies on a high-speed chase in a deputy's cruiser, which she crashed. She was eventually shot. Sheriff's deputies say Rose Marie Burgess was being taken by a deputy to a magistrate's office on an arrest warrant for a breaking and entering charge. She was in the front seat with her hands handcuffed behind her. When the deputy got out of the car and went to let Burgess out, the woman worked her way out of the handcuffs, slid over to the driver's side and fled. Interestingly enough, as sheriff's deputies were showing WITN's Audrey Washington how Burgess managed to get out of the handcuffs, Audrey was able to do the same thing. Sheriff Dick Jenkins says, "Well, it could be our handcuffing procedure or it could be the handcuffs that we use, I can't say." Officials will now try and figure out why this is occurring so that it doesn't happen again.


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