Handcuffed Man Who Escaped Police Cruiser Found In Dryer

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.

  • emom

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

    • Ashley


  • jaygee

    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”.

  • Rocky79

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

  • emom

    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……

  • joe

    he tried to get a clean get away

  • MIke

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

  • emom

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

  • Petetm

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

  • Cynic

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

  • par ross

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

  • taxedout

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

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