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Escaped jail inmate stabs police officer, drives away in squad car

His bullet-proof vest protected a Bensalem, Pa., police officer who was allegedly stabbed by an escaped Bucks County Jail inmate.
By Frances Burns   |   June 10, 2014 at 4:34 PM
BENSALEM, Pa., June 10 (UPI) -- An escaped prisoner who stabbed a police officer in a Philadelphia suburb and stole his cruiser was quickly arrested Tuesday, officials said.

Matthew Miller, 23, who was serving a sentence for misdemeanor theft in the Bucks County Prison, now faces charges that include assaulting a police officer.

Bensalem Public Safety Director Fred Harran said Miller was on work release. A Bensalem police officer found him walking along a road and tried to apprehend him.

Miller allegedly stabbed the officer in the stomach. But the knife was turned aside by his bullet-proof vest, and the attack caused no serious injury.

After the officer aimed a Taser at Miller, he jumped into the squad car and drove away. He was arrested after he ditched the car about 2 miles away, just across the Philadelphia line.

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