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Authorities Investigate After Man in Handcuffs Steals Police SUV

Emir Muhic, 23, was arrested Monday, and charged with second-degree assault, stealing and resisting arrest.

October 10, 2018 - 3:57 pm
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ARNOLD, Mo. (KMOX) - Authorities are investigating whether policies were violated that allowed a handcuffed man to commandeer a police SUV in Arnold, resulting in a chase and crash.

Emir Muhic, 23, was arrested Monday, and charged with second-degree assault, stealing and resisting arrest. 

Arnold Police Lt. Clinton Wooldridge says an officer handcuffed Muhic while investigating a tool theft. The officer then put him in the SUV and went to return stolen items. 

Police say that's when Muhic managed to shimmy through a small window that separates the front seat from the back seat, before he drove away.

Police chased Muhic until he crossed some railroad tracks, hit another vehicle and crashed into a tree, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

The officer whose vehicle was taken was struck as he tried to grab the door handle of the SUV, but he wasn't hurt. 

Muhic has a criminal history that includes narcotics cases.