A man who had been arrested for public intoxication is now facing a lot more serious felony charges after he kicked out a window of a patrol car and caused the police officer who was driving to have an accident, 1200 WOAI news reports.

 

  It all happened shortly before midnight Sunday night when the officer was taking a man who had been handcuffed on a public intoxication rap to the magistrate's office to be booked.

 

  Police say the prisoner, who was handcuffed in the back seat of the patrol car, suddenly started kicking the window out, and succeeded in smashing the window.

 

  When the officer looked behind her, she lost control of her patrol car, which slammed into the retaining wall on the Alamo Street exit of northbound Interstate 35.

 

  The prisoner then jumped over his handcuffed arms, getting them in front of him, and ran off.

 

  The officer ran after him and tackled him, and got him to the magistrate's office.

 

  She wasn't hurt.  But the man would have faced misdemeanor charges now faces more serious felony counts, including criminal mischief and attempted escape.