DOW, Okla. — Authorities in Oklahoma said a man who had been handcuffed from behind drove away in a police officer’s cruiser during a traffic stop.
Temple Clancy, 33, of Norman, Oklahoma, was jailed Tuesday on three felony charges, including larceny of automobile.
The McAlester (Okla.) News Capital reports Clancy and an unidentified woman were pulled over on Ludlow Street in Dow at approximately 2:39 a.m. Sunday morning because “the vehicle was blacked out and parked in the middle of the street,” according to an affidavit filed by sheriff’s Deputy Johnny Jenkins, who said he found out that neither the driver nor Clancy had a license. The woman was arrested for driving without a license, and Clancy was given orders to exit the red Ford Focus because it was going to be impounded.
Clancy instead resisted, according to the report.
“Temple (Clancy) leaned over to the driver side trying to roll up that window,” Jenkins wrote in the affidavit. “I grabbed him and told him again to get out of the vehicle now.”
Jenkins said Clancy pulled away from him and Jenkins pulled his Taser and demanded Clancy follow orders. He finally got out of the vehicle, the deputy said.
“I put Temple into cuffs at that time,” Jenkins said. “Temple was acting real strange.”
Jenkins searched the Ford Focus and found what he described as a “shake-and-bake lab for making meth” beneath the passenger seat, according to the affidavit.
Jenkins went on to say in the affidavit that Pittsburg County Sheriff’s Deputy Richard Teel arrived to help him. Teel wrote in his affidavit that he was there to transport Clancy to the Pittsburg County Justice Center.
“Temple Clancy was handcuffed behind his back and seatbelted in the front passenger seat of the sheriff’s cruiser,” Teel said.
Teel said he and Jenkins went back to the Focus to continue the search. “I was assisting deputy Jenkins in the search of Temple Clancy’s vehicle when the siren of the sheriff’s cruiser sounded,” Teel wrote. “Deputy Jenkins and I immediately approached the unit when the engine raced and the car begin to spin the tires. Temple Clancy left the scene of the traffic stop going eastbound on Highway 270 in the direction of Haileyville.”
Jenkins said he fired his weapon in the direction of the cruiser.
A wrecker was at the scene to impound the Focus. When the driver realized what was happening, he took off after the cruiser, deputies stated.
He found the cruiser abandoned outside Haileyville, according to the affidavit.
“The wrecker driver said he was behind the unit parked in the eastbound lane about a half a mile west of Haileyville on 270 Highway and no one was in it,” Jenkins wrote.
The McAlester and Krebs police departments then began a manhunt for Clancy, who remained at large for almost three hours before Teel went to a residence they had learned about. There, he found Clancy hiding behind a tree in a wooded area just west of the house, according to the affidavit. Clancy was immediately taken into custody.
Pittsburg County Sheriff Joel Kerns called the alleged escape attempt “senseless.”
“You are not going to gain anything by doing that,” Kerns said. “You are not going to get away.”
Perry writes for the McAlester (Okla.) News-Capital.