Mental patient recaptured after breaking out of patrol car

ALBANY, Ga. — A suspect who briefly escaped police custody after kicking out a window in a patrol car Monday morning is now back in custody, officials say.

The story was first reported on The Albany Herald’s Facebook and Twitter sites.

According to police officials, an unidentified man was being transported by Early County sheriff’s deputies for a mental evaluation at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital when he reportedly kicked out a rear window of the deputy’s car and fled on foot near the 4000 block of Gillionville Road. The suspect, who had not been charged with a crime but was in the custody of the Early County Sheriff’s Department because of a court-ordered mental evaluation, briefly wandered toward the fire station on Gillionville and was in the vicinity of a local school when he was captured by Albany Police Department officers.

Chief Early County Deputy Randall Meeks says the man, whose identity is being withheld under the Health Information Privacy and Portability Act (HIPPA), was not believed to have been threat to the general public, but was being evaluated because the court believed he may be a threat to himself.

“The only violent thing he did was kick out the window of the car and escape,” Meeks said. “We don’t believe he was ever a threat to the public and would like to thank the APD and DCP (Dougherty County Police Department) for their help rounding him up.”

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