Woman escaped police vehicle by maneuvering out of handcuffs, police say

AUSTIN - A woman who was being transported to the Travis County Jail managed to escape custody by freeing herself from her handcuffs and unlocking the door of the law enforcement vehicle before she ran 50 feet from the deputy who captured her, according to Travis County officials.

On Oct. 24, dispatch had arrived at a residence due to a claim that a woman later identified as 27-year-old Jessica Ann Lopez had tried to stab and bite a man during an altercation. Police said Lopez had existing warrants for unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and resisting arrest. 

While the vehicle transporting Lopez to Central Booking stopped at a traffic light at the intersection of U.S. 183 and Seventh Street, Lopez allegedly kept complaining to deputies that she was hot inside the vehicle and for the window to be rolled down.

When deputies finally rolled down the window at the traffic stop, Lopez had allegedly maneuvered out of her handcuffs and suddenly reached through the window bars and opened the door through the outside. She then fled 50 feet before being detained by deputies.

Afterward, Lopez was taken to the Travis County Jail Downtown without incident. According to her affidavit, she was originally arrested for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. She then was charged with escaping while arrested. 

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