PARMA – An incident some officers are calling a comedy of errors, passed off in Parma in late August, when a person in handcuffs managed to steal the police automotive he was in and get away.
It occurred after authorities picked up Jeffery Epperson on a warrant for parole violation. A collection of occasions that adopted allowed Epperson to climb to the entrance seat, take management of the police automotive, and get away – with out anybody even noticing.
“His [probation officer] and I had been looking for him for some time,” Parma Police Chief Albert Erickson stated. “We had stories he was utilizing medicine, we had studies he was forging checks, we knew he had been passing cast paperwork at a number of places. Simply had an entire bunch of stuff he was doing that we needed to cease.”
Wilder Police Chief Dusty Tveidt and a Canyon County sheriff’s deputy have been with Erickson and Epperson’s probation officer once they acquired to his mother’s home to serve the parole fee warrant.
“We discovered Mr. Epperson, took him into custody. He was handcuffed by his probation officer and positioned within the backseat of Chief Tveidt’s automotive,” Erickson stated. “He has a cage, I don’t. And I did not need this man getting away.”
Erickson says sooner or later, Tveidt swapped out Epperson’s handcuffs as a result of he was complaining of shoulder ache, and placed on two handcuffs linked collectively.
“So [it] gave him much more room to work.”
Meantime, a person recognized as Epperson’s husband was put in handcuffs, however instantly began throwing up and sweating profusely.
“We name medics, so there is a huge circus,” Erickson stated. “Plenty of hearth engines, couple ambulances, individuals arising and going.”
He says the probation officer was standing on the automotive watching Epperson, however he needed to depart to get paperwork.
“And I stated ‘we obtained this.’ As a result of I had any person stationed within the entrance yard,” Erickson stated.
However everybody’s consideration was targeted elsewhere: on the sick man and inside the home, gathering proof.
“So a while throughout that melee, Epperson managed to get his cuffs in entrance of him. Then he crawled by means of a partition obtained in entrance seat and drove the police automotive away,” Erickson stated. “The partition was left open as a result of it is a scorching day, the air con is on… Every thing we did to be good to Mr. Epperson he took benefit of.”
About an hour after the ordeal began, they discover Chief Tveidt’s automotive was lacking, and the panic set in.
“Epperson drives away and no one notices as a result of…