Man steals Fayetteville police cruiser while in handcuffs, slams into multiple vehicles

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (WNCN) – A Fayetteville man faces a long list of charges after stealing a police cruiser, while handcuffed, and crashing it into multiple vehicles before running from the scene of the crash, Fayetteville police said.

The incident began just before 11 p.m. Friday when officers responded to 142 Brocton Drive in response to a domestic disturbance.

Lloyd James Miller, 38, was involved in a domestic disturbance with a woman at the Brocton Drive location, police said. Officers were familiar with Miller as they had been to the address on a number of previous occasions for similar incidents.

After arriving on scene and assessing the situation, Miller was arrested for domestic violence assault on a female and placed in handcuffs behind his back by Officer N. Wrench. Wrench then put Miller in the back of his cruiser, which was equipped with a security partition.

Once Miller was placed in the patrol car, Wrench locked the car doors and went back to the home to speak with the female victim, police said. Officer W. Padget was watching Miller as Wrench spoke to the victim.

Padget went to get his rain coat from his patrol car and noticed Miller moving around in the rear of the cruiser when he returned. He then checked on Miller and saw that he had moved the handcuffs to his front was climbing through the partition separating the rear seat from the front seat of the car, police said.

Padget then alerted Wrench to unlock the patrol car but Miller was able to get into the driver’s seat and leave the scene in the car before Wrench could unlock the doors.

Padget and Officer Harter began to pursue Miller but lost sight of him after he drove through the yard of a home located at 257 Pierron Drive, police said. Padget and Harter continued looking for Miller and were told by another officer, Officer L. Honeycutt, that Miller had crashed the cruiser into two vehicles at the intersection of Reilly Road and Cliffdale Road. Miller had then jumped from the car and ran on foot until he was captured by Honeycutt.

Miller slammed the cruiser into a 2008 Cadillac, which caused the Cadillac to collide with a 2015 Ford. Officers then discovered that Miller had also crashed into a 2004 Chevrolet vehicle on the 900 block of Siesta Court. No injuries were reported by any of those hit by Miller. Miller himself was transported to Cape Fear Valley Medical Center with minor injuries.

Miller was arrested for the domestic violence assault on a female; larceny of a motor vehicle; possession of stolen property; felony speeding to elude arrest; resist, delay or obstruct, three counts of misdemeanor hit and run; failure to yield the right of way; and failure to stop at a red light.

On Oct. 8. he also was charged with one count of Felony Hit and Run, Driving While Impaired, and one count of Misdemeanor Hit and Run. Miler’s bond has been increased to $30,000.00 secured.

Miller originally was processed at the Cumberland County Detention Center under a $20,000 secured bond.

Anyone with information concerning the traffic crash is asked to contact Officer R. Sessoms with the Fayetteville Police Department’s Traffic Unit at (910) 433-1653.

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