Dominic Glass, 18, Land O' Lakes

18-Year-Old Land O’ Lakes Man Arrested After Escaping Cops While Handcuffed at Clearwater Beach

CLEARWATER, Fla. – While patrolling the sand on Wednesday, Clearwater Police identified a large group of young adults and were addressing disorderly conduct issues and other ordinance violations.  As additional officers arrived, a fight broke out at  6:53 p.m. and was quickly addressed by the officers.

Police say the non-compliant nature of the large crowd escalated the environment despite the efforts of the officers to de-escalate the situation.  While trying to restore order and separate parties involved, one individual was placed in the back of a police vehicle handcuffed.

During the short time, the officer was walking around to the other side of the vehicle to get inside and drive the suspect off the beach, a person in the crowd opened the back door of the vehicle and the handcuffed suspect was able to run away.

Investigators say he was apprehended by officers after a very brief chase. Dominic Glass, 18, Land O’ Lakes, was charged with escape, disorderly conduct, and resisting an officer without violence. He was booked into the Pinellas County Jail.

Dominic Glass, 18, Land O’ Lakes

“While many of the young adults in the video think this is funny, it has turned what would have been a very minor violation to one that will have severe consequences,” said Chief Dan Slaughter.

Twenty-six officers responded and made four total arrests from the various incidents, including one suspect who battered a police officer. Police have identified the suspect who opened the door, allowing the escape, and his arrest is pending.

The department’s Real Time Crime Center was able to assist officers on the beach by helping to identify and locate those who were involved.

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