Handcuffed woman stole police patrol car

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Jenny Faith Clementi, of Atlanta
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  • UNION CITY, Ga -- An Atlanta woman is on the run from police tonight after she stole a Union City police patrol car and wrecked it. She stole it after being locked up in the back of the car.

    It was an almost circus-like feat. Her hands were cuffed behind her back and a Plexiglas separated her from the front of the patrol car. "She was able to manipulate her hands in front of her, pick the lock and gain access to the front of the police car," said Union City Police Officer Chris Murphy.

    Jenny Faith Clementi, of Atlanta, has been in the Fulton County jail on at least three occasions for non-violent crimes, according to the jail's website. On Tuesday she was about to go back there after she was arrested by Union City Police at a Walmart on Jonesboro Road. Clementi was charged with financial transaction card fraud and was sitting in the back of a police patrol car with her hands cuffed behind her back.

    While the arresting officer was collecting evidence and information, Clementi was able to manipulate her cuffed hands in front of her and then pry a Plexiglas portal between the front and back seats open. Police said Clementi then climbed through the 11 by 14 inch portal into the front seat and drove off.

    Police chased the patrol car driven by Clementi north on Interstate 85. The patrol car collided with another vehicle at Interstate 285. "At 285 she struck another vehicle, they had a collision," Ofc. Murphy said. "The police vehicle rolled to a stop, she jumped out of the vehicle and fled into the woods on foot." Clementi is still being sought by police.

    Ofc. Murphy said the department has made corrections to their arrest policies and physical changes to the locked windows between the front and back of their patrol cars.

    They are asking anyone who knows where Jenny Clementi is to call Crime Stoppers at 404-577-TIPS (8477).

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