SAN JOSE — San Jose police are looking for a 32-year-old man they say slipped through his handcuffs and drove off in a police van.

Anthony Sanchez remained at large on Wednesday night, hours after police say he escaped.

Sanchez was arrested around 3:30 p.m. on drug-related warrants. San Jose police spokesman Jason Dwyer says detectives put him in the back of an unmarked police minivan in handcuffs.

Police linked two sets of handcuffs together to reduce the stress on his shoulders.

Dwyer tells the San Jose Mercury News ( Sanchez appears to have taken advantage of the arrangement and slipped the linked cuffs under his body to get his hands in front of him before driving off.

An officer standing near the vehicle was doing paperwork, and the keys were in the ignition. Police later found the van about a mile away.


Information from: San Jose (Calif.) Mercury News,

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