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July 01, 2015

Cuffed Ark. woman steals and crashes cruiser

Suspect squeezed through a partition into the driver's seat then sped away, eventually flipping the vehicle.

GREENWOOD (KFSM)- Jessica Sterling, 23, is in custody after she stole a Greenwood Police Department patrol car Tuesday (June 16) and crashed into a gas well, according to the Greenwood Police Department.

Police shut down a portion of Long Ridge Road following the crash and said it’ll be blocked off until the gas well is shut off and the wreck is cleaned up. Gas was leaking, but no one was in danger or evacuated, police said.

According to Greenwood Police Chief Will Dawson, his officers were called to a domestic dispute on Dogwood Street where Sterling fled in her own car taking police on a high-speed chase. Officers stopped the suspect after she crashed into a fence on South Coker Street and had to secure her wrists behind her back because she was being aggressive, Dawson said.


While she was in the back of the patrol car, Sterling attempted to break out of a rear window and officers then secured her wrists behind her back, as well as using leg irons and a hobble. While officers inspected Sterling’s vehicle, she removed the hobble, transitioned the cuffs from the back to the front of her and was able to slide open the partition window and climb to the front of the car. She then sped off in the officer’s vehicle and eventually crashed into a gas well on Long Ridge Road overturning the car and setting off a gas leak, according to Dawson.

Dawson said she traveled a total of about four miles in the vehicle.

When officers arrived on the scene of the second crash, Sterling was attempting to get an assault rifle out of a locked gun box, Dawson said.

Sterling faces 15 charges including DWI, criminal mischief and theft of property.

June 29, 2015

Cops, medic, firefighters brawl at T-ball game

The argument started over a custody battle; the police and fire department are investigating the incident
June 26, 2015

Philly officer shoving man with toddler over $2.25 fare

Security video appears to show a Philadelphia transit officer shove a man holding a toddler against the wall and grab him by the throat as they argued over whether he paid the $2.25 fare
June 26, 2015

Wis. cop and K-9 escape cruiser fire

Officer, K9 and equipment from cruiser were all evacuated before fire exploded
June 26, 2015

Wounded Wis. detective recovering

Detective severely wounded by burglary shooting has a lengthy recovery, chief said.
June 23, 2015

Colo. officer sings to young girl after fatal accident

Photo shows officer singing to little girl after accident kills father, injures mother and siblings
June 23, 2015

‘Star Wars’ actor engages SC cops in high-speed pursuit

"Star Wars" actor Jake Lloyd was arrested after leading police on a high-speed pursuit in South Carolina.

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June 22, 2015

NY cop punched by man during arrest of woman

A cop was hit by attacker while trying to restrain a woman in Upper Manhattan
June 18, 2015

Mass. man sets cruiser on fire in police parking lot

Man set cruiser on fire, cheered, laughed and then got arrested.

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