Prisoner jumps from patrol car on trip to hospital

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Golf Course Escape

Deputies search for a female prisoner who jumped from a patrol car in Mission Valley while being transported to a hospital.

SAN DIEGO — A female prisoner jumped out of a deputy’s patrol vehicle in Mission Valley Thursday and escaped briefly before being taken into custody again.

The woman was being transported to a county mental health hospital when she managed to leap out of the squad car and run off as the deputy was slowing for an accident in the area of Taylor Street and Interstate 8 about 10:40 a.m., according to sheriff’s officials.

The deputy stopped her cruiser and caught up to the detainee on foot at nearby River Valley Golf Course a few minutes later, Lt. James Bolwerk said. When the escapee resisted, the deputy used an electric stun gun to subdue her, then took her back into custody.

The detainee was taken to Scripps Mercy Hospital for a precautionary evaluation, Bolwerk said.