Handcuffed Leeds man went on the run from police for FIVE days

editorial image

AN offender managed to escape from police in handcuffs and stay on the run for five days, a court heard.

Daniel Foley, 22, managed to give officers the slip as he was being escorted to a police car after being arrested over an allegation of breaching a restraining order.

Leeds Crown Court heard officers arrested Foley at a property in the Hyde Park area of the city on March 7 this year.

John Bull, prosecuting, said Foley was arrested just before 10pm and was placed in handcuffs inside the property before being led to a police car parked outside. Mr Bull said: “In the course of the short journey the defendant absconded. He dropped his shoulder while being escorted and ran off in the handcuffs.” Foley was arrested by officers on March 12 after being spotted on Foundry Approach, Harehills, at 9.50pm. The officers recognised him as being wanted in relation to the escape and breach of the restraining order. Mr Bull said Foley had managed to remove the handcuffs and made “unusual comments” to the officers about what he had done with them.

Foley, of Hyde Park Road, was interviewed but refused to comment. He pleaded guilty to escape.

The court heard he has 29 previous convictions for 45 offences. Anthony Sugare, mitigating, said Foley had pleaded guilty to the offence at an early stage. Judge Geoffrey Marson, QC, jailed Foley for four months. He said: “You were at liberty for five days as a result of this but in my judgement it was to the lower end in terms of escapes.”

A police force has warned members of the public not call to them to report people throwing snowballs

Police force tells public not to call them to report people throwing snowballs