After being arrested following a domestic situation, a woman stole a police squad car in Wauwatosa.
The incident unfolded 4:49 p.m. July 19 when Wauwatosa police officers responded to a report of a possible domestic-violence incident or fight involving a male and female in the area of 68th and Wisconsin Avenue.
While responding, there were multiple reports of the female acting disorderly, throwing rocks and possibly threatening someone with a knife or screwdriver, according to a news release from Capt. Brian Zalewski of the Wauwatosa Police Department.
As officers arrived, the female ran through the yards and officers chased her on foot. She was located and taken into custody in the 6900 block of Wisconsin Ave. After providing a false name, the female was later identified as Antionette M. Martin, 20, of Milwaukee.
The male who was originally with Martin had an active warrant for his arrest.
Per standard arrest protocol, Martin was handcuffed behind her back, searched, placed in the back seat of a squad car and seat belted in the car.
Somehow Martin was able to climb through a small opening in the Plexiglas partition, which divides the front and back seat of the squad, into the driver’s seat of the squad and fled in the squad eastbound on Wisconsin Avenue, the release said.
The release stated Martin fled in the marked squad until she stopped and then exited on foot in the 6200 block of Wisconsin. She was located a short time later, with the help of a K9 unit, hiding under a deck in the backyard of a house nearby, and taken into custody.
Wauwatosa Police said they will conduct an internal investigation to determine exactly how this escape occurred.
A criminal complaint was issued Friday by the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office charging Martin with operating a motor vehicle without owner’s consent, escape, and disorderly conduct while armed.