Enterprise man escapes police custody with handcuffs still on

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ST. GEORGE — A man arrested in conjunction with a crash in Enterprise early Sunday morning was able to escape from a patrol truck with handcuffs still attached.

Bookings photo of Frank Forsyth, 18, of Enterprise posted Aug. 26, 2018 | Photo courtesy of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, St. George News

Washington County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the area of the Enterprise rodeo grounds shortly after midnight Sunday to investigate a traffic collision, Sheriff’s Lt. Dave Crouse said. Deputies detained Frank Forsyth, 18, of Enterprise, while they investigated the crash, and he was secured in the back of a patrol truck.

“Windows on the patrol truck weren’t in the lock position as they should have been,” Crouse said. “He managed to climb out the window while still in handcuffs, and so the deputies ended up pursuing him using air support.”

He was eventually taken into custody at his parents’ residence in Enterprise around 4 a.m. Sunday.

As of Sunday afternoon, Forsyth remains in custody at the Purgatory Correctional Facility in Hurricane on alcohol and drug charges, escaping custody, failing to stop on officers’ command and obstructing justice.

Crouse said he couldn’t provide more information about the traffic incident because deputies are still working on the report.

This report is based on preliminary information provided by law enforcement and may not contain the full scope of findings. Persons arrested or charged are presumed innocent until found guilty in a court of law or as otherwise decided by a trier-of-fact.

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