Wife steals police car while husband is cuffed inside

Joshua and Amber Watford.

Joshua and Amber Watford.

A real life Bonnie and Clyde pair sparked a manhunt in Alaska after the woman stole a police car while her husband was cuffed inside. 

A police officer had arrested Joshua Watford on Wednescay (local time). He had been convicted of driving under the influence but had failed to attend court-ordered classes, said troopers' spokeswoman Megan Peters.

After Watford had been placed in the back of a patrol car, a passing motorist stopped and began speaking to the arresting officer. While the officer was distracted, troopers said, wife Amber Watford got behind the wheel of the patrol car and took off.

Troopers recovered the patrol car an hour later. It had not been damaged. Nothing was missing from the car, including the handcuffs that had been on Joshua Watford's wrists, Peters said.

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A search was launched that included a helicopter and an Anchorage Police Department K-9, but the effort to find them was halted after several hours.

Troopers acting on a tip found the pair at a home in Wasilla on Thursday (local time).

The Watfords were arrested on suspicion of vehicle theft and other charges, including hindering prosecution and criminal mischief.

Joshua Watford remained jailed Friday morning. Amber Watford's bail was set at $US 20,000 ($NZ 31,000), and she was no longer in custody.

The Watfords could not be reached for comment.

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 - AP

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