An 18-year-old man added to a list of his alleged offenses Monday, police said, when he jumped, handcuffed, from a moving police car.
A Sacramento police officer was transporting Mekhi Williams of Elk Grove in an unmarked police vehicle about 4:45 p.m. after taking him into custody in connection with warrants for offenses including robbery and having a concealed firearm in a vehicle.
Officer Matthew McPhail said Williams was handcuffed with his hands behind his back and seat-belted in the front passenger seat. McPhail said he unfastened the seat belt, opened the door and jumped out as the car exited Interstate 5 at the J Street off-ramp.
The vehicle was traveling about 10 mph, McPhail said, and the officer quickly stopped the car and apprehended Williams after a brief scuffle. Both suffered scrapes and scratches. Williams was booked on the charges in the warrants and on suspicion of resisting an officer.
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McPhail said it is not unusual for an officer to transport a suspect in an unmarked police car, but the vehicles lack security features common in patrol cars, such as a barrier between the back and front seats, and doors with inside handles removed. It is considered safer in such cases to place a suspect in the front seat, rather than in the back seat where a suspect might attack an officer from behind, McPhail said.