A handcuffed woman under arrest on a DWI charge managed to jump into a DPS trooper's patrol car in Madison County and drive for three miles before officers in pursuit shot at the vehicle, disabling it.
Authorities said Bridget Cast, 31, initially was taken into custody at about 9:20 p.m. Friday as officers investigated a wreck she was involved in on Old San Antonio Road, near the Madison County line.
Trooper Jimmy Morgan, spokesman for the Bryan-based office of the Texas Department of Public Safety, said Cast slipped her handcuffed hands from her back to her front, then fled in the marked DPS unit.
The trooper then jumped into the patrol car of a Madison County Sheriff's Office deputy who was on-scene to help out with the crash.
"During the commission of this felony, the DPS trooper fired at the fleeing vehicle, disabling it, and bringing an end to the felonious conduct," Morgan said.
She was arrested on the felony charges of evading arrest and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, as well as driving while intoxicated, a Class B misdemeanor. She remained in the Madison County Sheriff's Office jail this morning; bail had not yet been set.
Morgan said the case was under investigation and no further details were available, including how the woman gained access to the DPS car and where the trooper's bullets hit the vehicle to cause it to stop. Also, no details about the wreck had been released by Saturday morning.