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Handcuffed suspect makes a run for it after escaping from a police car in Great Falls

Posted at 10:49 AM, Aug 06, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-14 15:43:00-04

(GREAT FALLS) Neil Wilson Bird allegedly broke a window and escaped from a police car while being taken to the Cascade County Detention Center on Sunday.

According to the Great Falls Police Department, Bird, had been arrested on felony warrants and was handcuffed in the backseat of a GFPD patrol car that was stopped at the intersection of 10th Avenue South and 2nd Street South.

He was handcuffed from behind, but managed to slide his hands around his legs to position his hands in front of him.

Bird then smashed the window of the police car, unlocked the door from the outside, and jumped out of the car.

He then ran handcuffed to the nearby Town Pump along 10th Avenue South at 4th Street South and tried to steal a vehicle parked at a gas pump, according to the GFPD.

Two bystanders were able to detain him until police officers arrived. 

Bird was checked out by medical personnel at the scene and taken back into police custody.

He has been charged with escape, obstructing, criminal mischief, and attempted theft (motor vehicle), along with his original warrants, which are unknown at this time.

According to the Montana Department of Corrections, Bird has a felony conviction in Missoula County for theft.

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