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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