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Handcuffed man stole Dexter police cruiser by squeezing through partition window

Tyler Tibbetts (Maine State Police)

DEXTER (WGME) -- Police say the handcuffed man who stole a Dexter police cruiser was able squeeze his body through a partition window and drive off.

Police say 22-year-old Tyler Tibbetts was handcuffed and placed in the back of the white Ford Explorer cruiser around 10:30 a.m. last Friday.

He was arrested on a probation revocation arrest warrant at 876 Garland Road.

While officers went back to the house to speak with Tibbett’s girlfriend and a young child, Tibbetts was able to maneuver his cuffed hands to the front of his body.

He then squeezed head first through the 11-inch by 11-inch prisoner partition window and into the driver’s seat, and drove off, according to police.

Police say the engine was still running to keep the car cool for Tibbetts.

The cruiser was later found on Parkman Road.

Police say Tibbetts then stole a different car, and crashed into a ditch in Dover-Foxcroft after colliding with another vehicle after a brief pursuit.

He was flown to Central Maine Medical Center with serious injuries.

Police say they hope he recovers to find out why he did it.

Police records show Tibbetts has gone to jail multiple times, including for theft and resisting arrest.

Police say no one else was injured in the pursuit or crash.

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