Suspect steals DPS patrol car in Orange County while handcuffed

Keith Eric Parker | Photo: Lake Charles Police Department

Early Sunday, Jan. 7, an allegedly intoxicated driver was arrested by a Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Trooper. The suspect later fled from the scene in the patrol vehicle, crashing a short time later, and was taken in custody by law enforcement.

At approximately 1:30 a.m., a DPS Trooper stopped Eric Parker, 28, of Denton, on I-10 in Orange County, and determined Parker was intoxicated.

Following the arrest, the DPS Trooper placed the suspect into the marked patrol car. Troopers believe Parker moved his handcuffs from behind his back and positioned himself behind the wheel of the DPS vehicle.

Parker then drove away from the scene and fled into Louisiana where he struck a guardrail around 2 a.m. He was taken into custody after the collision by the Lake Charles Police Department for felony evading with the assistance of Texas DPS Troopers, the Orange Police Department, and the Louisiana State Police.

This investigation is ongoing and additional charges are likely to be filed against Parker.

- Texas DPS