Handcuffed Man Accused Of Stealing Police Car

William Francis Blankenship was handcuffed at the time he allegedly stole a police car. He radioed police, asking for help in finding the handcuff keys. He said the cuffs made it hard to steer. Blankenship has been recaptured.

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep. William Frances Blankenship got in trouble but knew who to call. The Indiana man was allegedly handcuffed when he stole a police car. So he radioed police. He asked for help in finding the handcuff keys, complaining the cuffs made it hard to steer. Then he said police should at least help him find the cigarette lighter. He said he could think better if he had a smoke. He will now have time to think, since Mr. Blankenship has been recaptured and jailed. You're listening to MORNING EDITION.

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