A North Texas man with a long arrest record got away from Lewisville police during a visit to a hospital emergency room.
Thomas Isaac Cano, 27, of the north Dallas suburb of Little Elm, was in the Lewisville city jail Sunday when he complained of heroin withdrawal symptoms, said Capt. Dan Rochelle of the Lewisville Police Department.
An officer took Cano to a local emergency room and while the inmate was waiting to be seen, the officer stepped away to help with a disturbance involving another patient, Rochelle said.
Taking advantage of the distraction, Cano left the hospital handcuffed in front and without shoes, the captain said. Cano was last seen wearing a gray T-shirt, blue jeans and hospital socks.
His most recent arrest was on Saturday afternoon, when Lewisville police were called to a Walmart parking lot where employees found him slumped over the steering wheel of his car, Rochelle said.
Because Cano seemed ill, the officer called for paramedics, but Cano put his car in drive and took off, hitting some pallets of landscaping materials in the parking lot, Rochelle said.
After a short chase, Cano’s car came to a stop but he refused to get out. Eventually, the officer broke a car window, used a stun gun and took Cano into custody, Rochelle said.