Handcuffed Man Caught After Stealing Police Car

By Frank Heinz
|  Wednesday, Dec 12, 2012  |  Updated 12:11 PM CDT
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White Settlement police are searching for Darren Douglas Porter, police say he was caught on dashcam stealing a police car while still in handcuffs.
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The handcuffed man who stole a White Settlement police cruiser last Friday is back in police custody.

Darren Porter was arrested Wednesday morning at a business near the Fort Worth-Haltom City line.

Porter, 41, was caught on camera last week escaping from the back seat of a police car. Police said Porter was able to get his arms in the front of his body, roll down the windows and reach the outside handle.  Once free, he slipped into the driver's seat and drove away.

Police found the cruiser a few miles away with Porter nowhere to be found.

Officials have not yet said what additional charges Porter will face.

White Settlement police are now checking all of their police cars to be sure that the window switches are disconnected.

"Unknown to us the back windows were still active so the suspect was able to hit the back window release to roll down the window and reach around and unlock the door from the outside," Lt. J.P. Bevering said. "We believe they came from the dealership with those disconnected, but they were not."

Porter was originally being detained after officers said they caught him burglarizing a shop in the 800-block of South Cherry Lane.

NBC 5's Mark Schnyder contributed to this report.

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