January 9 , 2004  
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EDMONTON (CP) — The RCMP are conducting an internal investigation into the case of a prisoner who escaped from a police car while the officer was buying coffee at Tim Hortons.

The officer had stopped on the way to the Edmonton Remand Centre, leaving his handcuffed prisoner in the back of the unmarked car. When the officer returned, the bad guy was gone.

The prisoner bolted across the street to the Kingsway Garden Mall and managed to trick a motorist into getting out of his car by telling him his trunk was open. Police said that when the unsuspecting driver went to check the trunk, the prisoner — still handcuffed — jumped into the car and tried to drive off.

The driver struggled with the man and was dragged for about 10 metres until the car crashed into some garbage cans. He suffered only minor injuries.

Boris Yaremko, the mall security supervisor, said security cameras saw the suspicious behaviour.

“By that time, one of our guards was on scene and got into the car via the front passenger door,” Yaremko said. “He managed to pull on the parking brake.”

Curtis James Workman, 31, has been charged with escaping lawful custody, robbery and dangerous operation of a motor vehicle.



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