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Prisoner escapes Tampa police cruiser

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A prisoner reached out the back window of a Tampa police cruiser, opened the door, and briefly escaped Friday, the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office said.

It happened at the Orient Road Jail, so the sheriff's office released surveillance video of the incident.

Tevin James Young, 21, was arrested on drug charges in Ybor City around 2:20 a.m. Police say he became violent. One officer used a stun gun, which only slowed him down a little. Two officers had to wrestle him to the ground.

Once they subdued him, a third officer drove James to the Orient Road Jail. He complained of feeling sick, so the officer rolled down the window to give him some air.

In the meantime, James had slipped his left hand out of the handcuffs, and was able to reach out the window and open the door from the outside.

He ran off. Officers and deputies set up a perimeter, and used a K9 unit to track Young down.

They found him hiding in some bushes, and an officer ordered him to come out. When he didn't, the officer sent a K9 unit in to get him.

Young was taken to TGH to be medically cleared.

The two officers who wrestled him to the ground went to St. Joseph's with minor injuries.

Police say Young had a handgun, psilocybin (mushrooms), marijuana, methamphetamine, cocaine and various narcotics. He faces numerous drug and drug-possession charges, along with a charge of escape while transporting.

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