Video: Texas woman steals patrol unit, spurring high-speed police chase

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A Texas woman was captured on dashcam slipping out of handcuffs in the back of a police cruiser and stealing the vehicle, leading authorities on a 100 mph chase. 

Toscha Sponsler, 33, of Pollock, reached speeds of 100 mph, nearly hitting two Lufkin police patrol units and Angelina County Precinct 3 Constable Chad Wilson’s vehicle head on, according to the Lufkin Police Department. 


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In a video released by Lufkin police, Sponsler is seen being placed in the backseat of the police car, where she slipped one hand out of her handcuffs and climbed into the driver’s seat. Police are seen attempting to stop Sponsler, who drives the car out of the parking lot and speeds away on the road. 

Sponsler led authorities on a 23-minute chase from Lufkin to Zavalla, approximately 22 miles southeast of the city. During the chase, numerous police cars are seen attempting to stop Sponsler. One officer laid out tire spikes, which she was able to avoid. 

The video shows Sponsler eventually losing control the vehicle, spinning out into a ditch. Police arrive seconds later, busting out the driver’s side window and arresting Sponsler. 

She remains in the Angelina County Jail on an $18,000 bond. She faces charges of escape, causing serious bodily injury and threat of a deadly weapon, aggravated assault against a public servant, possession of a controlled substance, evading arrest with a vehicle with a previous conviction and unauthorized use of a vehicle.  


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