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State Police reviewing its method of transporting criminal suspects

September 23, 2008 | Virginia News

Winchester — State police are reviewing their procedures for transporting criminal suspects after a city man died when he escaped from a trooper’s custody.

First Sgt. Steve Hawkins of the Kernstown Barracks said Monday that he could not comment on the fatal escape attempt or the investigation. “It’s an ongoing criminal investigation.”

He said all suspects taken into custody by state troopers are handcuffed with their hands behind their back and transported in the front passenger’s seat of troopers’ vehicles.

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