Indiana Runaway Suspect Surrenders

William Francis Blankenship III turned himself to Indiana state police on Thursday night

By Sandra Torres
|  Friday, Jan 13, 2012  |  Updated 9:48 PM CDT
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The man who stole a squad car in Northwest Indiana while handcuffed has surrendered to police after hiding for four days.

William Francis Blankenship III, 22, was arrested Thursday night.

"They got pretty good cooperation from family members who helped get him and turn him in. They went and met over in Knox at a residence and he was taken into custody without any problems," said Sgt. Larry LaFlower with the Porter County Sheriff's Department.

Blankenship was wanted by police since Tuesday after he stole the car in Koats, Ind., while being arrested for drug possession. A day later, police found the squad car wrecked and submerged in water in a ditch near LaPorte, Indiana.

Police said he stole the squad car to go see his 2-month-old son before going to jail.

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