An arrested man who was handcuffed and inside a patrol car at the Stanford Police Department early this morning escaped and was recaptured three hours later after an extensive search.
Officers arrested Scott Foster for a domestic violence charge on campus and took him back to the police processing area at around 2:05 a.m. Foster was able to escape the car and took off running, police said.
Police set up a perimeter immediately after learning of the escape, calling in for help from Palo Alto police and sheriffs, Stanford police Sgt. Christopher Cohendet said. They began a K9 sweep and a grid search, and later expanded the perimeter as well. Police found Foster around 5:45 a.m. near the intersection of El Camino Real and Galvez Street.
"One of our perimeter units saw him pop his head out, and he was apprehended without a fight," Cohendet said.
Foster will now face additional charges, including resisting arrest and fleeing police officers. Cohendet said Stanford police are investigating whether the escape occurred because of user error or because of a malfunction with the vehicle, but are still unsure how it occurred.
Cohendet, who was not present for either arrest, said Foster was still in his cuffs at the second arrest.