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Man arrested one week after escaping police cruiser in Five Points

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Michael Carrell (Source: Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center) Michael Carrell (Source: Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center)
Amber Dean (Source: Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center) Amber Dean (Source: Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center)
Keith Hood (Source: Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center) Keith Hood (Source: Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center)
Melissa Hood (Source: Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center) Melissa Hood (Source: Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center)
COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) -

Columbia Police have arrested a man who they say escaped from the back of a police cruiser on New Year's Day. Police also charged three others accused of helping the man remove his handcuffs.

20-year-old Michael Carrell was charged Thursday with escape, resisting arrest, providing false information to police, possession of alcohol by a person under 21, drunkenness, malicious injury to property and petit larceny.

Amber Dean, Keith Allen Hood and Melissa Rose Hood were arrested and charged with accessory after the fact.

A Crimestoppers tip led police to make the arrests.

Police say they first arrested Carrell around 2:15 a.m. January 1st in the 700 block of Harden Street in Five Points near the Thirsty Parrot.

According to officers, the Carrell smelled of alcohol, his speech was slurred, and he actively resisted arrest by swinging his hands in an aggressive manner.

After a struggle, an officer placed Carrell in the back of a cruiser with handcuffs on both wrists behind his back. Carrell did not have identification and would not provide his name, according to a police incident report.

The officer locked the Chevrolet Impala and left the windows up while he helped another officer who was involved in a fight across the street.

While the officer was away from the cruiser, police say Carrell was able to knock the back part of one of the windows off, slide it down, and escape from the vehicle.

He was last seen at the BP gas station on Rosewood Drive near South Holly Street.

Police say Dean and the Hoods used a grinder to cut the handcuffs and an old handcuff key to remove the handcuffs.

All four were taken to Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center.

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