Suspected Shoplifter Slips Out of Her Handcuffs, Takes SUV On High-Speed Chase: Cops

The chase was caught on camera.

A Texas woman is facing multiple charges after cops say she slipped out of her handcuffs before taking a police SUV on a high-speed chase. 

The scene unfolded Saturday after cops detained 33-year-old Toscha Sponsler after she allegedly stole goods from a beauty supply store in Lufkin.

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Sponsler was cuffed behind her back and secured into the patrol vehicle with a seat belt as officers went through her bags.

With the cops outside the SUV, Sponsler appears in surveillance video to remove her seat belt, slip her cuffs and climb through a window partition to the driver's seat.

She accused of then leading officers on a 23-minute, 100 mph chase that began at Ulta and ended after a DPS Trooper used a PIT maneuver, which caused her to lose control of the vehicle. 

Cops say Sponsler nearly crashed head-on into two Lufkin officers and a Huntington constable during the pursuit. Throughout the chase, officers say they could see her reaching for the officer's shotgun which was mechanically locked in the vehicle. 

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Sponsler's arrest was also caught on video with an officer's body camera. She waived medical treatment at the scene and was taken to the Angelina County Jail where she remains on a collective $18,000 bond. 

She has since been charged with escape causing serious bodily injury/threat of a deadly weapon, aggravated assault against a public servant, possession of a controlled substance, evading arrest with a vehicle with a previous conviction and unauthorized use of a vehicle. 

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