By Jim Hagerty
The 43-year-old Rockford woman who slipped out of her handcuffs and stole a Winnebago County squad car in January has pleaded guilty to auto theft and will soon be on her way to prison.
Jan. 16, Kristina D. McNutt was being transported from Cook County to the Winnebago County Jail when Senior Deputy Donald Hartshorn stopped for gas at the Mobil station at 550 Southrock Dr.
While Hartshorn was out of the car, McNutt slipped out of her cuffs, rolled down the back window and crawled out of the backseat. She led Hartshorn on a brief chase in the parking lot before jumping in the squad car and driving away.
Police found the car 45 minutes later on Fielding Road. McNutt was arrested in the Seventh Street area later that day.
According to a plea bargain, McNutt pleaded guilty to stealing the car and will spend the next four-and-a-half years in prison.
Between 1998 and 2010, McNutt was convicted of numerous offenses, including domestic battery, writing bad checks, resisting, soliciting and destroying evidence. In the last four years, she has been found guilty of forgery, theft, prostitution, possession of drug paraphernalia, manufacturing a look-a-like substance and unlawful use of a credit card.