An Independence man has been charged in Platte County with stealing a police chief's patrol car and trying to run over the chief – all while handcuffed.
Jeffery Brown, 23, faces felony charges of escape from custody, resisting arresting, tampering with a motor vehicle after he was arrested Monday in Northmoor and tried to drive away in the police chief's car.
After crashing the car into a utility pole and taking off on foot, Brown was found hiding a brush pile.
According to court documents, at about 4:20 p.m. Monday, Brown had been detained at shopping strip parking lot by Northmoor Police Chief Kelly Clark after reports of fraudulent activity. Clark had placed Brown in the front of his Crown Victoria patrol car, with Brown's hands cuffed behind his back, then went into the Northland Pawn for further investigation, leaving the car running.
While Clark was inside the store, Brown was able to maneuver his cuffed hands from behind him to in front, then moved into the driver's seat and started to back the vehicle out of the lot. Clark came out of the store at this point and approached the car, and Brown shifted into drive and accelerated toward the chief, who fired two rounds into the car. Brown continued through the parking lot and went east on Northwest Vivion Road.
Brown only made it a block before he crashed into a utility pole off the right side of the road and the car came to rest in the westbound lane of Vivion. According the charging documents, Brown then ran from the scene with a Riverside police officer behind him in a patrol vehicle. He was found about 8:20 p.m. after a search by Riverside and Kansas City police.
Brown was taken to the hospital with a gunshot wound to the arm. He told police he had stolen the vehicle because he did not want to go to jail. He is being held in Platte County Jail on a $75,000 cash bond.