Abilene man who escaped from moving patrol unit likely freed wrist, used handcuffs to shatter window


ABILENE, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) – Investigators believe an Abilene man who escaped custody and climbed on a moving Sheriff’s Office vehicle was able to free a wrist then use his handcuffs to shatter a rear window.

Martin Estrada, 31, was being transferred from Wichita Falls to the Taylor County Jail Wednesday when he attempted escape.

A press release from the Taylor County Sheriff’s Office states deputies placed Estrada in handcuffs and leg irons on Estrada in Wichita Falls with the assistance with 3 staff members.

When Estrada and the deputy were on Hwy 277 in Archer County, Estrada “was able to free one wrist from his handcuffs and use it to shatter the rear passenger-side window of the patrol car,” according to the press release.

He then climbed on to the car and threatened suicide unless the deputy stopped, but the press release states the deputy refused and continued driving until backup units arrived from Wichita Falls.

Estrada did try to run once the deputy finally pulled over, but he was tased and re-handcuffed without further incident. 

The Wichita Falls Sheriff’s Office helped get Estrada to the Taylor County Jail, where he is currently being held on bonds totaling nearly $1 million dollars for various warrants, including several evading arrest incidents, robbery, and drug charges.  

The Taylor County Deputy who was driving has been placed on paid leave while an internal investigation of the incident is conducted. 

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