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An El Campo woman surrendered to police Tuesday, four days after escaping from the back of a police cruiser while still in handcuffs.

Now, Lazara Miranda, 23, of 9967 CR 405, faces the possibility of jail time instead of a fine. As of presstime, she was being held in the Wharton County Jail.

El Campo police found Miranda around 11 p.m. Thursday, June 6, at the El Campo Bowling Center, 806 West Loop. There she was arrested for criminal trespass and public intoxication, according to Lt. Russell Urban.

“She was placed in back seat of patrol car, while officers went back inside to get her family members to leave,” he said. “While they were inside, she was able to slip out of at least one of the handcuffs, roll the back window down ... and reached through the bars in the window and opened the door from the outside.”

Miranda than fled from the area, becoming a fugitive, eluding arrest until Tuesday.

At that point, Miranda surrendered and was served warrants for criminal trespass, escape from custody, public intoxication and theft (the handcuffs).

The whereabouts of the handcuffs is unknown.

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