Police capture handcuffed man who escaped Florence police car

FLORENCE, SC (WBTW) – Florence Police Major Carlos Raines confirms a man who escaped from police custody while handcuffed Tuesday morning has been arrested.

According to officials, 30-year-old Jamie Dorn Cleto, of Florence, was arrested around 6 p.m. Tuesday afternoon on Highway 52 in Florence County near the Farmers’ Market.

Cleto is being charged with petty larceny, habitual traffic offender, driving too fast for conditions, escaping and leaving the scene of an accident.

Major Raines reports that the man drove into a utility pole along Highway 52 near Lucas Street Tuesday morning and left the scene of the crash. Officers later caught up with the driver and arrested him.

While the officer was speaking to a witness regarding the crash, the handcuffed man got out of the police car and ran. Police attempted to track him, but could not locate the suspect immediately.

Cleto is being held in the Florence County Detention Center.

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