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GCSO: Woman escapes patrol car following arrest, threatens to cut herself

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Patrol cars on the scene on Grove Road (FOX Carolina iWitness) Patrol cars on the scene on Grove Road (FOX Carolina iWitness)
GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

A woman, accused of shoplifting, escaped from a deputy's patrol car on Wednesday night, according to Lt. Tim Ridgeway of the Greenville County Sheriff's Office.

Ridgeway said the woman was arrested and put in the patrol car after deputies said she shoplifted from Walmart. On the way to the jail, the woman started complaining that she couldn't breathe and the deputy rolled down the window, according to Ridgeway.

The deputy decided to bring the woman to the hospital, but on the way the woman managed to slip out of her seatbelt and get halfway out the window near Grove Road in Greenville County, Ridgeway said.

When the deputy stopped the car, the woman fell out of the window and took off running, according to Ridgeway.

Ridgeway said the woman somehow slipped out of her handcuffs and then started threatening to cut herself with the handcuffs.

The deputy asked people in the area of Grove Road to call 911 for assistance, according to Ridgeway. He said EMS and other deputies responded.

The deputy was able to able to take the woman into custody and she was brought to the hospital, Ridgeway said.

Ridgeway said the woman will be charged with shoplifting, resisting arrest and escape.

The woman's name has not been released at this time.

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