HAYWARD (CBS SF) – Alameda County sheriff's deputies are helping search for an inmate who escaped out-of-state law enforcement deputies in Hayward Tuesday morning, an Alameda County sheriff's sergeant said.
Some deputies from Kentucky were transporting the inmate, possibly for extradition, when he escaped their vehicle at about 9:45 a.m. at Interstate Highway 880 and A Street, sheriff's Sgt. Ray Kelly said.
Chopper 5 was over the scene shortly after the handcuffed inmate popped open the door to the Honda Civic rental car that the sheriff's deputies were using to transport him.
The prisoner was identified as 27-year-old Shawn New, who was in custody for fraud and identity theft, sheriff's officials said.
New was last seen running in a southbound direction.
It was not exactly clear what security measures were in place besides the handcuffs.
The Honda Civic being used was just a normal rental car and not outfitted with any special prisoner transport equipment.
Local law enforcement has set up a perimeter in the area to search for the escaped inmate.
New is described as a 27-year-old white male with a tattoo over his right eyebrow. He was last seen wearing a plaid shirt, jeans and brown boots.
Kelly did not immediately know what agency the out-of-state officers are working for.
Anyone who sees New is asked to call 911 immediately.
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