The suspect, 42-year-old Timothy Hopkins, has felony warrants and was in custody when he somehow gained control of the vehicle and drove off. The patrol car was last seen traveling on Highway A in the direction of Hillsboro.
Hopkins is 5'5", has brown hair, and was wearing a dark t-shirt and jeans. Authorities also say Hopkins has tattoos.
A spokesperson for the department said patrol cars don’t have cages in the back of their vehicle and in some cases persons under arrest ride in the front seat.