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Handcuffed suspect back in custody after jumping from moving police car

Mekhi Williams
Mekhi Williams Sacramento Police Department

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.

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.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy