Mount Clemens— A woman charged with domestic violence jumped out of a moving police car after slipping out of handcuffs and kicking out a window Monday.
Marlesha Unique Downs, 19, of Mount Clemens was video-arraigned at 41 B District Court in Clinton Township on Tuesday, where she was charged with domestic violence assault (second offense), malicious destruction of property, resisting and obstructing and escape from lawful custody.
She was given a $10,000 bond and is being held in the Macomb County Jail.
According to Lt. John Michalke of the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office, deputies responded to a report of domestic violence at a home on Michigan Street. Downs’ 42-year-old mother told police she was assaulted by her daughter.
The teenager fought with deputies before being handcuffed and placed in the back of a patrol car. During the arrest, a deputy was kicked in the right-side of his face.
“She was handcuffed behind her back and she managed to lift her back-side up and then bring the cuffs from behind her to the front,” Michalke said. “She then put her feet in the chain part of the handcuffs, pushed them off and then kicked the back, side window out.”
She jumped from the moving patrol vehicle and deputies caught her after a brief foot chase.
The estimated cost to replace a window is $150, Michalke said. If the window frame is also damaged (as is usually the case), the repair cost is $460.
Having an occupant in the back seat of a sheriff’s car break the window “is not an unusual occurrence,” he said. “I would say we get about a half-dozen a year. It is generally our practice to seek restitution when we can.”