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Handcuffed mechanic escaped police.

A mechanic escaped police despite being handcuffed and chased by helicopters, a court heard yesterday.

Matthew Griffiths, 19, was stopped by police in the early hours and was seen throwing a knuckle-duster into a hedge.

Cardiff Crown Court heard Griffiths and friend Huw Parry were handcuffed and searched.

Prosecutor Nuhu Gobir said, 'Griffiths was searched and a small amount of cannabis was found in his pocket. When asked why he had thrown the knuckle-duster away he told officers, 'I was a bit stoned and didn't want the hassle'.'

The court heard there was a small struggle and the arresting officer lost her grip.

Matthews made off despite being handcuffed from behind. He managed to evade the officers, police dogs and a helicopter with infra-red imaging equipment.

When police called at his house in Dinas Powys the next day Matthews said he managed to pick the handcuffs with a piece of wire.

He admitted carrying an offensive weapon, escaping and carrying cannabis. He was given a 150-hour community punishment order and ordered to pay pounds 250 costs.
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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Jun 3, 2005
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