An inmate who escaped from a Missouri jail on Saturday managed to slip out of police custody in Oklahoma days later where he stole a police vehicle after officers attempted to recapture him.
Police arrested Travis Lee Davis, 30, in a parking lot in Heavener, Okla., on Wednesday after a woman reported that he had kidnapped her.
Davis, who escaped from Pettis County Jail in Missouri on Saturday, was handcuffed in the back of a police vehicle while authorities interviewed the woman, Christole Hurst, 23, outside the Choctaw Travel Plaza.
The inmate then managed to get into the driver's seat through a narrow opening in the barrier between the car's front and back seats and drove off, LeFlore County Sheriff Rob Seale said.
"It's not an easy thing to do," Seale told NBC News on Thursday. "I mean, we've rarely seen it before because the window in the prisoner cage is pretty small but he is a really skinny guy so he could fit."
Heavener Police Department said Davis wrecked the vehicle a few miles away and ran off on foot. Police believe he may have hopped on a nearby train.
Authorities are now also searching for Hurst after they discovered that she was an alleged accomplice in Davis' escape from the Missouri jail.
Davis — who is considered dangerous by authorities — was being held on $110,000 bond for various charges, including endangering the welfare of a child, domestic assault, resisting arrest and parole violation stemming from a Feb. 13 domestic incident, according to Pettis County court documents.