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Handcuffed Prisoner Who Bolted Charged With Felony Escape

A handcuffed Central Texas man who was recaptured about an hour after he bolted from a local deputy’s patrol car was jailed Wednesday, charged with felony escape.

Brian Munger (Jail photo)

WACO (April 23, 2014) Brian Earl Munger, 28, who was recaptured about an hour after he jumped out of a McLennan County deputy’s patrol car and fled, was jailed Wednesday, charged with felony escape.

He was also named in a probation revocation motion stemming from a burglary conviction in 2010.

Bond on the motion to revoke was set at $250,000.

Bond has not been set on the escape charge.

Munger was arrested after a traffic stop Tuesday afternoon on Interstate 35 near U.S. Highway 77 in the Bellmead area, Chief Deputy Matt Cawthon said.

He was handcuffed and placed in the deputy’s patrol car, but somehow was able to jump out and run into a brushy area, Cawthon said.

Cawthon said deputies, U.S. marshals, and Bellmead and Waco police officers combed the area near Taylor Street.

"We're just waiting for him to pop his head up," Cawthon said.

Munger was arrested in February in Waco along with his girlfriend on warrants stemming from an incident on Dec. 28, 2013 in which a 3-year-old girl was found to have serious bruising on her legs that "went beyond acceptable discipline," Waco police Sgt. W. Patrick Swanton said at the time.

Officers were sent to an address in Waco after a referral from Child Protective Services that a young girl had been injured.

The child did not require medical attention, Swanton said.


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