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Alleged teen squatter kicks out cruiser window and attempts to escape

Alleged teen squatter kicks out cruiser window and attempts to escape. (Photo Credit: Van Buren County Sheriff Office)

PAW PAW, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - A wild escape attempt was caught on dash cam as a teen busted out of a Van Buren County Sheriff cruiser.

Newschannel 3's Nicky Zizaza explained the bizarre ordeal.

Deputies said the suspect shot out of the rear window of a cruiser after slipping one hand out of cuffs and if it wasn’t for quick-thinking detectives he may have gotten away.

Van Buren County Sheriff Lt. Jim Charon said just by glancing at the shattered glass in the deputy’s cruiser tells the story of a struggle.

Charon said, “To jump out of a back window with handcuffs on, I couldn't do it."

When Blaine Michaels was handcuffed and put in the back seat of a police cruiser, the teen apparently decided he was not going to jail.

Charon said, “Somehow he was able to slip one of the handcuffs off and then kick the window out and jump out the window."

Deputies were responding to a call on Thursday morning about a blight issue involving Michaels and a 43-year-old woman who they said were busted squatting on a property along Red Arrow Hwy.

Charon said, "Sure enough, we find them and run their names and one 17-year-old kid has a warrant. So he was cooperating, they put him in the back of the car and went to deal with the second subject. But when they turned around."

This dash cam footage shows what the 17-year-old rocking the cruiser, shattering the glass, flying out of the rear window, and making a run for it.

Deputies said Michaels suffered a minor scratch to the leg.

Charon said Michaels was caught and eventually escorted to jail and he said it serves as a warning to people who think they can evade police

Charon said, "Rarely do you get away."

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