Police: Man steals patrol car in attempt to escape Etowah Co. Jail

Police: Man steals patrol car in attempt to escape Etowah Co. Jail

GADSDEN, Ala. (WBRC) - A man is back in police custody Thursday after authorities he stole a Gadsden PD patrol vehicle and led police on a short chase in an attempt to escape from the Etowah Co. Jail.

According to authorities, Jason Boyd was returning from municipal court during prisoner transport drop-off around 11:01 a.m. Thursday morning, when he stole the patrol unit. He crashed through the sally port gate and led law enforcement on a pursuit that ended three blocks away in the 1000 block of Walnut St.

Boyd was apprehended without further incident. Boyd has been charged with escaping the Etowah County Detention Center, which is a Class B Felony.

Authorities say an estimated $20,000 worth of damage was done to the detention center when Boyd drove the vehicle through two locked security gates. The vehicle has an estimated $14,000 worth of damage.

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