Texas Inmate Climbs Atop Deputy’s Moving Car In Escape Attempt

A Texas man attempts a daring escape from police custody. Because the Taylor County deputy's auto window was broken out, Wichita County Sheriff's Office administrators offered to have the prisoner transported by them on to the Taylor County Jail.

The frightening scene unfolded along Highway 277 in rural Archer County as a deputy with the Taylor County Sheriff's Office was taking Martin Estrada, 31, from a mental health facility in Wichita Falls to Ailene, about two hours away.

Estrada was being returned to Abilene when he slipped out of handcuffs, shattered the passenger-side window and climb atop the patrol vehicle. When an officer from the city went to pick up Estrada from Red River County Jail, the inmate became violent and had to be restrained with leg irons as well as handcuffs. The trip is roughly 150 miles (241 kilometers).

Estrada's charges include evading arrest, aggravated robbery and possession of meth with intent to deliver.

Police said Estrada then threatened suicide if the driver didn't pull over the auto and when they didn't, he climbed onto the vehicle's roof.

The officer driving the vehicle radioed for help and kept going.