A 44-year-old man who escaped from a Beaver Township police cruiser faces a slew of charges including escape, vandalism, operating a vehicle while impaired and theft.
The theft charge was filed against Eric Stanislaw of 2874 E. South Range Road in Springfield Township because when he took off, he was wearing a $50 pair of handcuffs owned by the police department, said police Detective Lt. Eric Battilo.
An officer pulled Stanislaw over on South Avenue at 1:02 a.m. Thursday for driving left of center. Stanislaw also was charged with operating a vehicle impaired and driving without a seat belt.
Stanislaw was “not cooperative” when being booked by police and was then taken in a cruiser to the Mahoning County jail, Battilo said.
While at a red light in downtown Youngstown, Stanislaw, who was handcuffed behind his back in the rear of the cruiser, laid down on the seat and successfully got the handcuffs in front of him about 2:45 a.m., according to a police report.
He then kicked the window, popping it from its track, forced the window down, reached out with his hands — still cuffed — opened the door from outside, got out of the cruiser and ran, Battilo said.
The officer looked for him, last seeing Stanislaw running across East Boardman Street into a wooded area.
A search with a Mahoning County sheriff canine unit and deputies, and Youngstown police proved unsuccessful.
About 10:45 a.m., Stanislaw turned himself in to the county jail with his attorney.
Stanislaw is to be arraigned at 9 a.m. today in county court in Canfield on charges of escape, vandalism, OVI, theft, driving left of center and driving without a seat belt.
Stanislaw has an open case of felonious obstruction of official business in county common pleas court, and was convicted in 2007 of aggravated trespassing after being arrested by Beaver Township police.