Man breaks out of Great Falls police cruiser

Posted at 9:37 AM, Aug 06, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-06 11:37:41-04

GREAT FALLS – A man allegedly broke a window and escaped from a police car while being transported to the Cascade County Detention Center on Sunday afternoon.

The Great Falls Police Department reports Neil Wilson Bird, 36, had been arrested on felony warrants and was handcuffed in the backseat of a GFPD car that was stopped at the intersection of 10th Avenue South and 2nd Street South.

He was handcuffed from behind and managed to slide his hands around his legs to position his hands in front of him.  Bird then smashed the window of the police car, unlocked the door from the outside, and jumped from the vehicle.

He ran handcuffed to the Town Pump located along 10th Avenue South and 4 th Street South and tried to steal a vehicle parked at a gas pump, according to the GFPD.

Two bystanders were able to contain him until police officers arrived. Bird was checked out by medical personnel at the scene and taken back into police custody.

He has been charged with escape, obstructing, criminal mischief, and attempted theft (motor vehicle), along with his original warrants, which are unknown at this time.

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