Man accused of stealing police cruiser tries to escape courtroom

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - The 25-year-old Goshen man charged with stealing a Cincinnati police cruiser tried flee from his court appearance at the Hamilton County Justice Center Tuesday.

Officers apprehended Zachary Cox as he attempted to run out of the building, according to the sheriff's office.

Before the escape attempt, a judge set his bond at $125,000. He is expected to face the judge again Wednesday on escape charges.

Cox got behind the wheel of a police cruiser, hopped out and then fled across all lanes of Interstate 71 near Eden Park Drive Monday. An officer managed to catch up and shock him with a Taser stun gun to take him into custody.

Cox, who was on probation, is held at the Hamilton County jail on charges of aggravated robbery, theft, and resisting arrest.

In court Tuesday, an assistant prosecutor described him as a "pest and a menace."

Some of the charges are related to previous offenses, court records show. Last month, police accused him of stealing a woman's wallet containing $530 in cash, credit cards, ID and birth certificate in Westwood and then cashing stolen checks from an Anderson Township burglary.

Officials said they approached Cox near Elsinore and Reading roads in Pendleton when he took off on foot eventually running onto the lanes of I-71.

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