SAUCIER, MS (WLOX) - The Harrison County Sheriff's department says Stephen Hagin has been arrested and is in custody after he stole a deputy's police car in handcuffs. He abandoned the car and was on the run from police for about 20 hours. Deputies caught him after 4:00 Saturday afternoon in a wooded area near Saucier Lizana road in Saucier.
Shortly after 8 p.m. Friday night, a deputy pulled Hagin over on East Wortham Road and arrested him for driving under the influence. The deputy handcuffed Hagin and put him in the backseat of a patrol car. The deputy walked away from the squad car to process Hagin's car and to wait for the tow truck.
Harrison County authorities say Hagin slipped his legs through the handcuffs and got his hands in front of him. He then squeezed through an eight by eight inch hole in a divider window, got into the front seat, and drove off. The deputy's car was found later that night, four miles down the road in a ditch.
Deputies searched for Hagin into the next day by land and air. Harrison County authorities say while on the run, Hagin went to a mobile home on Morton Avenue. The resident, Edwin Perry, 45, let Hagin use his phone. Perry told officers Hagin told him he was running from police and wanted to see his kids one last time.
Authorities say Perry left his mobile home. He passed by authorities but deputies say Perry said nothing to them about Hagin.
Hagin called Dallas Parvins, 22, and Scott Beherens, 21, to pick him up. The three went Beheren's mobile home on Saucier Lizana Road. Authorities say two female teenage run-aways were also at the mobile home.
After setting up perimeter searches and following leads, Harrison County deputies arrived at the trailer around noon. They say the trailer was equipped with video surveillance. Authorities say once everyone saw them coming, Hagin and the girls ran from the trailer. They were spotted few hours later around 4:00 pm in a thick wooded area about a half a mile from Beheren's trailer.
Major Ron Pullen with the Harrison County Sheriff's Department says Hagin faces additional charges because of the escape.
"He is going to be charged with grand larceny of a vehicle and some other traffic charges to include the DUI he was originally stopped for," Pullen said.
Perry, Parvins, and Beherens were charged with accessory to escape. Each received a $500 bond. The two teenage runaways were not charged because authorities found they did not have any part in Hagin's escape.