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Man who fled from squad car captured

With handcuffs dangling, the arrestee, 20, asks a store clerk to call him a cab. When the cab pulls up in front of his home, officers meet him.

By JACOB H. FRIES
Published August 2, 2006


CLEARWATER - A 20-year-old man who escaped from the back of a deputy's cruiser early Tuesday was rearrested hours later as a taxi dropped him off at home, authorities said.

Harold J. Farmbry, who was initially charged with driving on a revoked license, now faces charges of escape, resisting arrest without violence and petty theft. The theft charge was placed because he took off with handcuffs, officials said.

"Mr. Farmbry obviously didn't have the common sense to realize that the last place he should have gone was home," said police spokesman Wayne Shelor. "Cops were waiting for him when he arrived."

Farmbry was initially pulled over at 2 a.m. Tuesday at 5101 Seminole Blvd. because the temporary tag on the vehicle was not displayed properly, sheriff's Sgt. Jim Bordner said. Deputy Charles Redinger III checked his name and found that his license had been revoked in June.

This is what followed, Bordner said:

Redinger handcuffed Farmbry and put him in the back of his cruiser. Redinger partially rolled down the back window because Farmbry complained of feeling sick.

Then, when the deputy walked a few paces away from the parked cruiser, Farmbry slid one of his hands from the cuffs, reached through the window, opened the door and took off running. Redinger chased him while calling for backup.

Despite searching with dogs and a helicopter, authorities were unable to find Farmbry. A few hours later, he approached a clerk at a convenience store in the area of Seminole Boulevard and 51st Avenue and told the clerk to call a cab. The clerk called a cab, then called authorities, reporting a man had just left the store with cuffs hanging from one hand.

Sheriff's deputies contacted the cab company and then Clearwater police to tell them Farmbry was headed to his efficiency apartment on Poinsettia Avenue. Police took him into custody without incident at 8:30 a.m. and then successfully took him to the Pinellas County Jail, where he was held on bail of $15,750.

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