The Corinth Police Department is conducting an internal investigation after a man escaped from police custody recently.
Capt. Greg Wilkerson said that Miguel Angel Acosta, a 26-year-old Fort Worth resident, was under arrest on a public intoxication charge — a Class C misdemeanor — when he slipped out of his handcuffs during transport at about 3 a.m. Sunday.
The patrol car, he said, was parked in the driveway at the sally port of the Denton County Jail when Cpl. Lee Thompson, the arresting officer, heard a noise.
“He immediately turned around and asked if the suspect was OK,” Wilkerson said. “That’s when the officer saw the suspect had managed to slip one of his hands free.”
Shortly after Thompson saw Acosta had slipped out of the handcuffs, he began to get out of the driver’s seat.
Police said the events happened “very fast” and “simultaneously” and before the officer could get the suspect, Acosta had a back window rolled down enough to get out of the vehicle.
Acosta, Wilkerson said, then appeared to go behind the vehicle and vanish into the dark.
A search for Acosta was conducted with multiple surrounding agencies and Acosta was nowhere to be found.
Wilkerson said Thompson will be undergoing a series of interviews during the department’s internal investigation to discover what exactly went wrong. Thompson, he said, is not available to comment publicly about the case while it’s under investigation.
Police said the lock to the back windows should have been manually set by the officer before Acosta was placed in the car.
“The chief [Debra Walthall] and I are going to pull all vehicle inventory to check the status of disabling all back window locks,” Wilkerson said.
Officials say they believe with the locks disabled by a mechanic, this will prevent an incident such as this one from happening again in the future.
A warrant for Acosta’s arrest in connection to the escape incident will be issued soon, Wilkerson said.
If anyone knows of Acosta’s whereabouts, they are urged to contact the Corinth Police Department at 940-498-2017.
MEGAN GRAY can be reached at 940-566-6885 and via Twitter at @MGrayNews.