A man arrested for drug-related offenses escaped from the back of a sheriff's patrol car while being transported to jail in downtown San Diego early Wednesday but was recaptured several hours later in Santee, authorities said.
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Around 7:20 a.m., a 911 caller reported seeing a man matching the description of 20-year-old Dylan Castle near Carlton Hills Boulevard and Carlton Oaks Drive in Santee, said San Diego County Sheriff's Department Lt. Mike Munsey
Deputies in the area went to the intersection and arrested Castle without further incident, he said. The lieutenant speculated the caller probably recognized Castle based on morning news reports.
Sheriff's officials said Castle was found hiding in a laundry room at an apartment complex.
Castle was initially arrested by sheriff's deputies shortly before 10 p.m. Tuesday in the 9300 block of Carlton Oaks Drive on suspicion of narcotics and drug paraphernalia possession. Castle attempted to escape for the first time there and injured a deputy in the process.
Prior to transporting Castle to jail, the arresting deputy stopped by Santee Fire Station to have medics evaluate the minor injury he had suffered while detaining the suspect.
"At this time, it is believed Castle, who was seated in the rear of the patrol vehicle, was somehow able to slip his handcuffs from behind his back to the front," sheriff's Sgt. Tom Poulin said. "He reached his arms through the rear window and opened the car door. Castle then ran from the vehicle."
After receiving treatment for his injury, the deputy returned to his squad car. Believing Castle was lying down on the back seat, the deputy left for San Diego Central Jail. While heading downtown, however, he realized Castle was no longer inside the vehicle.
Castle was booked into San Diego County Jail on narcotics charges. He was expected to face additional criminal counts related to resisting arrest and escape, sheriff's officials said.
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