NC man who escaped patrol car found 2 days later, still in handcuffs

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LINCOLNTON, N.C. (WBTV) – The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office said a Denver man who recently escaped custody while being arrested on multiple felony charges was apprehended two days later – and he was still wearing his handcuffs.

Clarence Jackson Crutchfield, 50, was initially taken into custody Sunday evening after police responded to a possible break-in off Burnwood Trail in Denver. Crutchfield was discovered in the driver’s seat of a truck located near the home that police were sent to and they determined that he did not have a valid driver’s license.

After checking his record, police found that Crutchfield had a number of felony warrants awaiting him. He was then handcuffed and put in the back of a patrol car while deputies continued to search the area.

When the deputies returned to the vehicle, they found the back window had been opened and that Crutchfield was no longer inside. Multiple units worked together to comb the area in search of him and the K-9 unit tracked his location to a building on Highway 16, north of Taylorsville, but he couldn’t be located.

On Tuesday, deputies said Crutchfield had been taken into custody on Burnhurst Trail in Denver. They say he was still wearing his handcuffs, but the chain connecting them had been cut. He was taken back into custody without incident.

Crutchfield has now been charged with larceny of handcuffs, possession of stolen goods, and resist/delay/obstructing a public officer. This is in addition to his outstanding warrants, which were for breaking and entering a building, larceny after breaking and entering, and possession of stolen goods.

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