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If You See This Man, And He's Wearing Cuffs, It's Because He Stole DPD Squad Car and Escaped

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This morning, the Dallas Police Department sent some mugshots of a man named James Huffer Jr., who was arrested in the wee small hours of this morning near Cedar Springs and the Dallas North Tollway -- till he took off in a DPD squad car, which he drove to and ditched in Arlington. He remains on the loose. Hence, this heads-up and request for help:

At about 4:30 this morning Dallas police officers responded to a family disturbance call at an apartment complex in the 4600 block of Cedar Springs. At that call it was reported that a male, James Huffer Jr., had purportedly assaulted his girl friend. Responding officers found suspect Huffer near the complex and took him into custody and placed him, handcuffed and alone, in the back seat of a Dallas squad car. Although officers were nearby the suspect was able to move his arms in front of him, get into the front seat, and drive off. He had a brief head start on the other officers at the scene and was able to escape. Police Communications was able to track the vehicle as suspect Huffer fled to Stemmons Freeway. He then drove west on Highway 183, south on Highway 360, and abandoned the car in Arlington near Avenue H. A search there for him by Dallas and Arlington officers was unsuccessful. The car was recovered at about 7:00 a.m., some 20 minutes after the escape. There was no apparent damage to and nothing missing from the car.

Dallas and Arlington officers are actively searching for suspect Huffer. Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to contact a local police department at once. It is likely he is still handcuffed. Crime Stoppers is also offering a reward for information leading to his arrest and indictment. The Crime Stoppers number is 214-373-8477. He is a white male, 6 feet tall and approximately 170 pounds. He has blue eyes and brown hair. He is believed to have acquaintances in the Arlington and Grand Prairie area. Suspect Huffer is likely to face a variety of charges including Escape, Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle, and family violence Assault.

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