Handcuffed suspect steals police car in Birmingham

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - The Birmingham Police Department is investigating how a handcuffed suspect got from the back seat of a patrol car and into the drivers seat.

The incident happened this afternoon  in the 21 hundred block of 13th street north. Eric Shawn Smith is accused of stealing a Birmingham Police car after he was arrested for being found with a stolen car.

Police say they are not sure how Smith was able to steal the police car while in handcuffs. Gun shots were fired during the incident but no one was injured.

Smith crashed after driving a few blocks and took off on foot. Police caught up with the him around 7pm with the help of the canine unit.

Smith had several outstanding warrants including auto theft. He now faces escape and additional charges of auto theft.

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