Jailhouse Interview: Inmate describes escape from moving patrol car


ABILENE, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) — An Abilene man speaks out from jail, saying he was “stupid” when he escaped from a transport vehicle and climbed on top while it was moving Wednesday.

Martin Estrada, 31, told KTAB and KRBC he freed his wrist then used his handcuffs to break the window of a Taylor County Sheriff’s Office vehicle because he wanted to commit suicide. 

He climbed on the roof as the deputy driving continued down Hwy 277 until backup arrived. The entire time, Estrada was contemplating jumping off. 

“I wasn’t myself,” he said. “I wasn’t in my natural state of mind.”

Estrada was tasered multiple times when the deputy stopped driving once Wichita Falls law enforcement caught up to them.

The entire ordeal was caught on video, showing Estrada riding on top of the car, then jumping off.

When asked how he felt now that everyone was watching his escape, Estrada replied, “I apologize for being crazy.”

Estrada is now in 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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