LAWMEN: Prisoner Briefly Escapes From Beaufort Co. Deputy

A prisoner being taken to the Beaufort County Courthouse for a pending case briefly escaped in downtown Washington this morning thanks to windows not being locked in a patrol vehicle.

Deputies have charged Demerick Brinkley of Washington with resist, delay and obstruct an officer after the 9:00 a.m. escape attempt.

Authorities say Deputy Sean Williams was transporting Brinkley when they say the inmate was able to free his hands from handcuffs and roll down the rear passenger window and open the cruiser door. They say the 23-year-old Brinkley ran about a block before Williams was able to catch him.

The Sheriff's Office says the windows to the patrol vehicle were not locked and say "appropriate actions" have been taken to prevent it from happening again. They say the inmate received minor bruises when he forced the handcuffs from his wrist.

Bond for Brinkley was set at $5,000.


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  • by P.Diddy/Family member Location: Richmond VA. on Jul 17, 2011 at 05:42 AM
    Family keep your headup, people tend to kick u when things r bad. Your joob isn't easy,but, you do it. you can only learn from your mistakes. I can only imagine, how, you felt. Job well done on the recapture. For all you negative people, give it a break.
  • by Tom Riddle Location: Washington on Jul 16, 2011 at 11:17 AM
    Career criminals know how to get out of handcuffs no matter how tight you put them on. I mean has anyone see the show's on tv. All they do is sit around 24/7 thinking about that sort of thing. Also it appears that this guy had already made his mind up that he was gonna attempt to escape from this cop. Whether or not the window was locked or not I would think that the criminal would have taken the metal cuffs and broke the window out if it had been locked. I think given the circumstance's the officer did a good job recapturing this guy.
  • by Wife of an Officer Location: Washington, NC on Jul 15, 2011 at 01:07 PM
    Really if Officer Williams isnt on this post there really isnt anything to be said, none of you were there and know what happen. Its the media they are going to make it sound worse than what it really was.
  • by Anonymous on Jul 15, 2011 at 07:15 AM
    another low life, looking for a rock to crawl back under. it is what it is.
  • by Citizen Location: Beaufort Co on Jul 15, 2011 at 05:48 AM
    Why weren't the windows up and locked? As for the cuffs,I have seen police put cuffs on prisoners and it's not for comfort it's for police safety, so they should be as tight as possible. It took some time and effort to get out of the window. As hot as it was why was the window down? Most of the time when I see police riding around talking on their cell phones the a/c is on and the windows are up. Odd, three digit temps and the window down. Oh well, at least he was caught. Could have turned out much worse. Everyone needs refresher courses in safety and protocal.
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      by KT on Jul 15, 2011 at 06:08 AM in reply to Citizen
      The window was not down, it was up but not locked. He got out of the handcuffs and rolled the window down. Where was the deputy when he was getting out of the cuffs and rolling the window down?
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        by citizen on Jul 15, 2011 at 12:39 PM in reply to KT
        good question??? Now let's see if we get an answer.
  • by Cops : On location on Jul 14, 2011 at 09:18 PM
    I thought most patrol cars had bars in the back windows....Oops, I forgot...this is Eastern N.C.
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      by mike on Jul 15, 2011 at 04:31 AM in reply to Cops : On location
      somebody stole them for the scrap meatal!
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        by Copper Bars? on Jul 15, 2011 at 06:09 AM in reply to mike
        OH, that's right...they are "cops" after all...lol
  • by Dave Location: G-ville on Jul 14, 2011 at 07:36 PM
    Folks,all this racist talk about racial profiling, the facts don't lie, just go look at http://www.reflector.com/jail-bookings and you tell me what the majority is.
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      by Here Ya Go, Dave on Jul 14, 2011 at 09:29 PM in reply to Dave
      I did a count of the first 100 arrests from http://www.reflector.com/jail-bookings . My numbers are: 68 black, 24 white, 6 hispanic ...the other 2 were such mixed-blood, it was hard to tell what they were.
  • by MIKE Location: Washington on Jul 14, 2011 at 07:02 PM
    What are "APPROPRIATE ACTIONS"? That term could mean anything from fixing the window so it can't be rolled down to firing the deputy.Sure would be nice if we the taxpayer could be given a straight answer.Sheriff remember the people put you in office and they can take you out of the office!
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      by Joey on Jul 15, 2011 at 08:03 AM in reply to MIKE
      Why the threat of taking the Sheriff out of office? Seriously just b/c we were not told what the appropriate actions were??? That seems a bit drastic to me! Vote how you want but if the reason you do not vote for him is b/c of that, why don't you run & tell all of the taxpayers (by the way, Law Enforcement Officers are taxpayers too) why you make every decision? As for the comment from “Citizen”, who knows how tight the handcuffs were, obviously not tight enough, but if they are to tight you will have all kinds of people complaining about Police brutality! I also do not think temps were in the triple digits at 9 a.m.
  • by nunyA Location: WASHINGTON on Jul 14, 2011 at 06:28 PM
    man dont let this negative bull from everyone bother you... i know that from experience, inmates have all day to think of stuff to do like escape or make tools... just keep your head up
  • by Gville on Jul 14, 2011 at 06:02 PM
    They should have let him keep on going the system will let him out anyway just wait and see
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