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Wauwatosa woman climbs through squad car, takes off after arrest

Posted at 1:03 PM, Jul 20, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-20 15:41:53-04

A Wauwatosa woman managed to climb to the driver's seat of a squad car she was placed in and drive off in the vehicle on Thursday.

Wauwatosa Police Officers responded to a disturbance call in the area of 68th and Wisconsin Ave. Reports said the female involved in the incident was throwing rocks and threatening someone with a screwdriver.

When police arrived, the woman fled through neighborhood yards and officers chased her on foot. The woman, later identified as 20-year-old Antionette M. Martin, was then put in handcuffs and placed in the back seat of the squad car. While in the vehicle, Martin was able to climb through a small opening in the Plexiglas partition that divides the front and back seat of the squad and make her way into the driver's seat while the officer was interviewing witnesses.

Martin then drove off in the squad car, stopping at the 6200 block of Wisconsin Ave. to take off on foot.

Officers located Martin shortly after with a K9 unit. She was hiding underneath a deck in the backyard of a house nearby.

Martin was transported to the Milwaukee County CJF Thursday evening. While en route to the Wauwatosa Police Station Martin told the officer she pulled over the squad car earlier because she almost hit someone on a motorcycle. She also admitted that she hadn't slept in days because of drug use. She said she uses cocaine, heroin and percocets.

Martin is facing charges of Operating a Motor Vehicle Without Owner's Consent, Escape and Disorderly Conduct While Armed. For all offenses, Martin faces up to $21,000 in fines and imprisonment as long as 13 years.