A 21-year-old Connecticut man who was the target of a drug investigation managed to escape while he was being transported to police headquarters. The incident took place on Jan. 5 after investigators allegedly found drugs at the man's home during a search. While the accused man was being driven to central Greenwich to be booked on drug charges, he complained that his handcuffs were too tight. When the officer stopped the car and let him out, the man fled.
Following his escape, the man was taken into custody by authorities in North Carolina on Jan. 12 and then transferred into the custody of local police on Jan. 20. According to Greenwich Police, the man hid in a motor home in Cos Cob before fleeing in a stolen 2005 Honda Element. Afterwards, he drove to Chadbourn, North Carolina, and stayed at a hotel. During that time, the accused man reportedly posted a comment on his Facebook page, boasting about his escape.
After he was detained for the second time, the man was handed a slew of criminal charges including possession of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell and operating a drug factory. He was also charged for escape from custody, third-degree burglary and third-degree larceny.
A person who is facing charges after a similar incident might want to seek help from a criminal defense attorney. An attorney may be able to help the defendant to have some of their charges dropped by establishing that an alleged escape was a reaction to overwhelming feelings of anxiety. If the defendant has no prior criminal record, a judge may be more likely to drop certain charges as part of a plea deal.
Source: Greenwich Patch, " Drug Suspect Brought Back to Greenwich," Barbara Heins, Jan. 21, 2015