Woman cuffed in back of squad manages to steal police vehicle, officials say

Woman cuffed in back of squad manages to steal police vehicle, officials say

A woman who was under arrest managed to steal a police vehicle Thursday in Milwaukee County, officials said.

Wauwatosa police said officers responded at 4:49 p.m. to the area of 68th Street and Wisconsin Avenue on a report of a fight between a man and woman. There were multiple reports of a woman throwing rocks and possibly threatening someone with a knife or screwdriver.

According to the report, when officers arrived, the woman ran through yards and officers chased her on foot. She was taken into custody in the 6900 block of Wisconsin Avenue.

Police said the woman initially gave a fake name, but she was later identified as 20-year-old Antionette M. Martin, of Milwaukee.

The police department said Martin was handcuffed behind her back, searched and placed in the back seat of the a squad car, then belted into the car. She managed to climb through a small opening in the Plexiglas partition that divides the front and back seat of the squad and into the driver’s seat. She then drove off in the police car.

Police said she stopped in the 6200 block of Wisconsin Avenue and fled on foot, police said. The woman was found hiding under a deck in a backyard a short time later with the help of a police K-9.

Martin is facing charges of operating a motor vehicle without the owner’s consent, escape and disorderly conduct while armed.

The Wauwatosa Police Department said it will conduct an internal investigation into how Martin was able to escape.

The man who was originally with Martin had a warrant out for his arrest, police said.