Police investigate an incident in which a vehicle theft suspect was arrested but was able to escape from police by driving away in an officer's vehicle.  (Contributed photo by Gilbert Gonzalez)

A vehicle theft suspect was arrested, but then he was able to escape from police by driving away in an officer's vehicle, according to the Fontana Police Department.

On April 9, Fontana officers observed a suspect who was wanted for a stolen vehicle investigation. They observed the suspect in the 11900 block of Pepper Avenue in Bloomington.

Officers contacted the suspect, handcuffed him and placed him the back of the patrol vehicle.

However, as officers conducted their investigation, the suspect kicked through the safety bar of the back cage and forced himself into the front seat of the vehicle. The suspect proceeded to slip through his handcuffs and drove away in the marked police vehicle.

An extensive search of the area was conducted and the police vehicle was located a short time later. The suspect fled from the location and was not immediately found.

But on April 10, the suspect, identified as 37-year-old John Echenique, was located and arrested, police said.

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The police failed to mention that not only was he arrested but also beat by them as he was handcuffed and they let a dog loose on him as well!

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