Woman explains how she escaped custody, stole deputy’s SUV

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UPDATE: Tori Hostetler was sentenced to four years work release, which she reported to on August 10, 2016.

HENDRICKS COUNTY, Ind. (Jan. 27, 2016) -- A woman who managed to get out of handcuffs and take off in a deputy's SUV last week is describing how it happened.

Tori Hostetler, 21, spoke to CBS4 from inside the Hendricks County jail, where she will face the first of multiple charges across three counties.

Hostetler was arrested in a Pendleton McDonald's parking lot on Friday after police pulled over the car she was riding in, which was believed to be stolen from Indianapolis.

According to Hamilton County Sheriff Mark Bowen, several agencies were part of the arrest, with Hostetler ultimately being loaded into his deputy's SUV and left alone while that deputy worked the scene. He said that is standard when the person arrested is not considered to be high risk.

"She was handcuffed by a different agency, searched by an officer from another agency, and then placed in the back of our patrol vehicle," Bowen said.

Once inside that vehicle, Hostetler managed to get the handcuffs off and drive away. It took 12 hours to track her down, with officers finding and arresting her in Henry County.

Bowen believed she had done something unusual to escape.

"It almost appears as if she had a key or some type of a device to assist her in getting out of those handcuffs," Bowen said.

Hostetler, though, said it wasn't that difficult.

"The handcuffs weren’t tight enough. I slipped out of them and I jumped in the driver’s seat and I didn’t want to come back to jail so I drove away," Hostetler said.

Hostetler said that she now regrets her decision and is hoping someone will help her.

"Those things didn’t go through my head at the time. They definitely are now when I think about my family, you know, and I really want to see my family," Hostetler said.

According to court filings, this is Hostetler's third resisting arrest charge in two years. She faces new charges in Hendricks, Madison, and Henry counties.

Bowen has said he will review policies and procedures to see if changes can be made to ensure this will not happen again.

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