ROCHESTER, N.H. (CBS) – A handcuffed man who escaped from the back of a police cruiser was captured Tuesday – in a clothes dryer.

27-year-old Michael Mendoza was originally taken into custody May 13 for allegedly violating probation and possessing oxycontin.

As a police officer drove him up to the station, Mendoza jumped out the rear window of the police cruiser and ran away handcuffed.

Police searched for him for 11 days.

They tracked Mendoza down at his home in Rochester Tuesday evening with his wife.

Officers found him the basement, hiding in the dryer.

Mendoza’s wife Alysia was also arrested.  She’s charged with hindering apprehension, which is a misdemeanor.

Comments (14)
  1. emom says:

    What a pair of yahoo’s… IN THE DRYER, was it set on permant stupid.

  2. jaygee says:

    They should have turned it on and let him be a rock-n-rolla for a cycle or two. It might have turned out to be a better high than the oxy he was carrying.
    Judging by many of the stories coming out of N.H., it appears that far too many of it’s citizens truly believe that “Live Free or Die” symbol. I think they should change their motto to “You Have the Right to Remain Silent”.

  3. Rocky79 says:

    Don’t forget to empty the LINT screen………..

  4. emom says:

    By any chance did he think the new state motto was I WAS BORN THIS WAY… just curious….. Whats the chane he might GET BOUNCE(d) out of jail……

  5. joe says:

    he tried to get a clean get away

  6. MIke says:

    Dude needs to learn how to use a dryer properly…. Prison should help!

  7. emom says:

    Hope he had a TMBLING good time.. now the hamsters can get their home back…

  8. Petetm says:

    They found him at his home !!?!?! Who would have thought to look there? Now THAT’S some good police work.

  9. Cynic says:

    They should have put a handfull of quarters in the drier.

  10. par ross says:

    quite the wrinkle to this story. Hope they iron out all the details.

  11. taxedout says:

    They found Dryer behind the Dryer, very apropo!!!! How fast was the police car going, 1 MPH????

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