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Arkansas State Police unit stolen by handcuffed man detained during traffic stop

Jabaurri Martin, 20
Jabaurri Martin, 20(Miller County Sheriff's Office)
Published: Nov. 8, 2021 at 4:30 PM CST|Updated: Nov. 9, 2021 at 10:35 AM CST
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MILLER COUNTY, Ark. (KSLA) - A state police vehicle was stolen in Miller County Monday afternoon (Nov. 8).

Officials with Arkansas State Police say a trooper was making a traffic stop when it happened. The trooper arrested a man, identified as Jabaurri Martin, 20, and placed him in handcuffs after discovering the vehicle he was driving was reported stolen. Martin was put into the back of the police unit, and while the trooper was examining the stolen car, he somehow squirmed into the front seat of the police unit and took off.

An Arkansas State Police unit was stolen Monday, Nov. 8, 2021 by a man handcuffed during a...
An Arkansas State Police unit was stolen Monday, Nov. 8, 2021 by a man handcuffed during a traffic stop, officials say.(KSLA)
An Arkansas State Police unit was stolen Monday, Nov. 8, 2021 by a man handcuffed during a...
An Arkansas State Police unit was stolen Monday, Nov. 8, 2021 by a man handcuffed during a traffic stop, officials say.(KSLA)

Martin drove the vehicle onto a dead end street in a wooded area, stopped, and ran off. Police were able to use a tracking device to find the vehicle, and found Martin in the woods nearby.

At that point, Martin was arrested... again.

Police say there was no damage done to the unit.

An Arkansas State Police unit was stolen Monday, Nov. 8, 2021 by a man handcuffed during a...
An Arkansas State Police unit was stolen Monday, Nov. 8, 2021 by a man handcuffed during a traffic stop, officials say.(KSLA)

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