12/23/2009

Fla. officer resigns after arrested man escapes cruiser

The officer didn't buckle the arrestee and didn't close the cruiser's window

By Josh Poltilove
Tampa Tribune

TAMPA, Fla. — Officer Prentice K. Shellman didn't buckle an arrestee into the back seat of his police cruiser. He didn't close the cruiser's window. And he didn't notice when the arrestee escaped out the window as Shellman drove to an inmate transport van.

When another officer pointed out that the man was gone, Shellman said, 'I'm blown." He then jumped into his patrol car and went the wrong way down a one-way street.

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