A Los Angeles County Sheriff's cruiser. Photo by John Schreiber
A Los Angeles County Sheriff’s K-9cruiser. Photo by John Schreiber
A Los Angeles County Sheriff’s K-9cruiser. Photo by John Schreiber

An inmate who escaped a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department patrol vehicle Friday night is back in custody.

The inmate, who was not identified, was recaptured at 11:45 p.m., Sheriff’s Deputy Trina Schrader said.

ABC7 said the suspect was found hiding beneath a vehicle in a parking lot.

The escape occurred at 8:50 p.m. on the northbound Harbor (110) Freeway just south of the San Bernardino (10) Freeway, as the inmate was being transferred from Compton Courthouse to the Inmate Reception Center, Schrader said.

The inmate became violent and was hitting his head on the window of the vehicle, according to Schrader. He escaped as deputies tried to subdue him, running off the freeway and down a hillside.

The inmate was found by a Sheriff’s K-9 about 100 yards from the freeway, and was taken back into custody without incident Schrader said.

There was no information as to the inmate’s original offense.

— City News Service

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