Police: Suspect stole state police cruiser in escape attempt

June 10, 2013 at 4:06 PM

NANTY GLO, Pa., June 10 (UPI) -- Police in Pennsylvania said a man believed to be under the influence of drugs stole a police cruiser and broke into a home while attempting to escape.

Pennsylvania State Police and police from Jackson Township and Vintondale Borough said they responded to a Nanty Glo neighborhood Saturday on a report of a suspicious person, The (Johnstown, Pa.) Tribune-Democrat reported Monday.

Investigators said Anthony Joseph Fox, 26, seemed to be under the influence of drugs and was found to be in possession of drug paraphernalia. He was handcuffed and placed in the back of a state police car, but he was able to free his hands and make his way to the front seat of the car, police said.

Fox allegedly drove the car to Jackson Township, where he crashed the patrol car and fled on foot.

The suspect then forced his way into a nearby residence, where he was caught by pursuing troopers.

Fox was charged with theft, fleeing police, possession of drug paraphernalia, driving while under the influence, burglary, criminal trespass, resisting arrest, aggravated assault, escape and simple assault. He was taken to the Cambria County Prison.

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