Police: Suspect slips out of cuffs, flees, then fights officers


A Radcliff man will appear Monday in Hardin Circuit Court after he was arrested early Friday morning on numerous charges, including assaulting a Radcliff police officer.

Pedro Vega Caban, 37, was driving a 2005 Pontiac Sunfire around 1:15 a.m. when he was involved in a car crash on Hill Street, according to an arrest citation. When police arrived, he reportedly identified himself as someone else and also provided an inaccurate date of birth. A passenger in the vehicle told police Vega Caban’s correct name and police then learned he was wanted on multiple warrants in Hardin County, according to the arrest citation.

When police searched the vehicle, two syringes reportedly were found.

Radcliff police took Vega Caban to the police station and handcuffed him to a bench, however, he managed to get the handcuff off and fled as officers worked on arrest paperwork, the arrest report said.

Police found him nearby hiding under a vehicle in the U-Haul parking lot. When they managed to pull him out, the citation says he began to fight and struck an officer in the chest and stomach and also bloodied an officer’s lip.

Vegan Caban was checked on by Hardin County EMS and then taken to Baptist Hospital Hardin before he was transported to the Hardin County Detention Center where he is being held in lieu in total of a $11,750 cash bond.

He was charged with third-degree assault of a police or probation officer, a Class D felony punishable by one to five years in prison, if convicted, and misdemeanor charges of third-degree escape, possession of drug paraphernalia, giving an officer false identifying information, third-degree criminal mischief and driving on a suspended or revoked license.

He had warrants for failure to appear on three different cases, according to his citation.

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