Suspect Who Broke Free, Stole Police Car, Surrenders

KNOX, Ind. (CBS) — A suspect surrendered Thursday night, two days after he broke free from his handcuffs and stole a police car in Kouts, Ind.

Police say William Blankenship III, 22, voluntarily surrendered to officers at his home in Knox, Ind., Thursday night. He escaped in the only squad car for the Kouts Police Department on Tuesday evening.

Blankenship was originally arrested after police found heroin and methamphetamine paraphernalia in his car.

While the officer was examining the car in a convenience store parking lot, the handcuffed Blankenship stole the police car and drove away.

Authorities say before he turned himself in, they had one brief encounter with Blankenship after he fled. He radioed police for help in finding the car’s cigarette lighter and key to unlock his handcuffs.

“I’m not going to jail. I’d rather be dead than go to jail,” Blankenship told police at one point.

The squad car was later found abandoned Wednesday morning in a retention pond in southern LaPorte County, Ind., south of State Route 8 near the town of LaCrosse.

Police said Blankenship then walked to a nearby farmhouse to ask for help.

“A man was at the house looking for a pair of bolt cutters to get him out of his handcuffs and … basically said they didn’t want to get involved with anything like that,” Kouts Police Chief James Boyce said Tuesday.

After he was denied help, Blankenship somehow made it to his hometown of Knox, Ind., and stopped by his wife’s home.

When he was arrested again Thursday night, Blankenship told officers he went on the lam because he had a family and didn’t want to go to jail.

  • barb k.

    dumb dumb shoulda thought about ur family before u got involved with that stuff ! now instead of paying ur time for ur crime, u just made it worse with this stupid stunt! u prob wont have a familty bt the time u get done!

    • Linda Kyle

      bark.k you said it all

  • tj

    He didn’t want to go to jail? Where did he think he was going to end up after they caught him for these foolish stunts. White piece of trash needs to go away for a long time.

  • Lyndia

    OK, he made a dumb mistake. Why do you want to call him a name? Does that make YOU feel better? Does it make you feel like you are better than him? WELL, YOU ARE NOT.

    • tj

      Yes Lyndia I am better than him. I don’t go around destroying others property and my family be using or dealing drugs. Maybe this POS deserves to rot in jail for awhile and reflect on his pathetic life. Why don’t you crawl into the hole you came from and then I’ll really feel better. If he’d rather be dead than go to jail, so be it,

    • Afro

      police found heroin and methamphetamine paraphernalia in his car. So yeah Lyndia he is a POS and law abiding citizens are better than him.

      It wasn’t a dumb mistake it were several. You are what we call a dumb mistake, your family is several.


  • non

    Lyndia, this white trash POS did not make a mistake.He committed a crime. Will you please wake up and smell the coffee for once?

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