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2/19/2019 2:56:00 PM
Man Who Escaped From Sheriff's Patrol Car Apprehended
Photo Courtesy Lincoln County Sheriff's Office
Photo Courtesy Lincoln County Sheriff's Office

Lincoln County Sheriff's
Office Press Release

LINCOLNTON, N.C. – A handcuffed man who escaped from a Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office patrol car Sunday night has been apprehended.

Deputies located Clarence Jackson Crutchfield, 50, at a residence in the 6200 block of Burnhurst Trail, Denver, NC shortly after noon today. (February 19, 2019) Crutchfield was taken into custody without incident. The handcuffs were still on the suspect although the chain had been cut.

On Sunday night Crutchfield was one of three people in a vehicle parked near where a reported breaking and entering was in progress. No one in the vehicle had a valid driver’s license but the man in the driver’s seat was identified as Crutchfield. When deputies checked Crutchfield through the Lincoln County Communications Center it was discovered that he had multiple felony warrants.

He was handcuffed and placed in the back of a patrol car. The deputy walked to a building and camper nearby to check where another suspect may be hiding but did not locate anyone. When he returned to his patrol car, the rear window was down and the prisoner gone. Deputies searched the area using a heat seeking camera from the Denver Fire Department and a K-9 unit from the Lincolnton Police but could not locate Crutchfield.

Crutchfield has been taken before a Lincoln County magistrate where he will be served with a number of felony and misdemeanor warrants.

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