Man escapes Lincoln County deputy's patrol car while handcuffed

Lincoln County deputies are searching for a man who managed to escape a patrol car while handcuffed over the weekend. 

Clarence Jackson Crutchfield, 50, was arrested on Sunday, Feb. 17 in connection to a possible breaking and entering in the 4200 block of Burnwood Trail in Denver.

When deputies arrived at the scene, the reporting person said the suspects had left prior to thier arrival. After searching the area, deputies found three people sitting in a car nearby. Crutchfield was sitting in the driver's seat. He did not have a valid driver's license and neither did the passengers. 

After running his name, deputies found that Crutchfield had multiple felony warrants out. He was taken into custody and put in the back of the patrol vehicle. 

After putting Crutchfield in the car, the deputy then walked over to a nearby building and camper where another suspect was thought to be hiding, but did not locate anyone. The deputy also stopped to speak to his Sergeant before returning to his vehicle.

When the deputy got back to the car the rear window was down and the Crutchfield was gone. Deputies, Denver Fire and a K-9 unit from the Lincolnton Police Department were called in to assist with the search.

The K-9 tracked a scent to a location in the 4500 block of Highway 16 Business. Deputies searched the building, but could not find the suspect.

Crutchfield has outstanding felony warrants for breaking and entering a building, larceny after breaking and entering and possession of stolen goods. He is also charged with misdemeanor counts of larceny of handcuffs, possession of stolen goods and resist, delay and obstruct a public officer.

Anyone with information on Crutchfield's whereabouts is asked to contact the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office at 704-732-9050 or the Lincoln County Communications Center at 704-735-8202