Texas City police were searching Monday for a 35-year-old Galveston man who slipped out of handcuffs, escaped in a police car, crashed it and ran away from officers after getting arrested on the dike.
Police stopped Quang Van Mai of Galveston on the Texas City Dike about 2:40 p.m. and alleged he was driving a stolen car, police said. Officers put the handcuffed Mai in the back of a police car, authorities said.
While police were interviewing a witness, Mai slipped out of his handcuffs, reached through a window and unlocked the car door, police alleged.
Mai jumped into the driver’s seat of the police car and drove off, leading police on chase from the dike to Ninth Avenue North, police alleged.
Mai crashed the police car into a sign at the corner of Second Street and Ninth Avenue North and ran away from officers, police said. As of Monday afternoon, officers had not found the man, police said.
Mai was sentenced last year to six months in jail for attempting to escape while arrested, according to county court records.