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Woman faces multiple charges after trying to escape from police vehicle by setting a fire backseat

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Cedar Rapids, Iowa – Authorities say a Davenport woman tried to flee by setting fire to the patrol car in which she was being transported. Roxanne Clay, 46, was being taken from the Scott County Jail to Linn County on October 27 when the incident happened.

According to court documents, Clay managed to break free from her restraints and start a fire in the back seat with a lighter she had hidden in her clothing. Officers in the vehicle came to a stop to extinguish the fire. Clay allegedly punched an officer who was attempting to stop her from fleeing.

Clay now faces charges of Reckless Use of Fire or Explosives, Escape or Absence from Custody, Assaults on Persons in Certain Occupations, and Interference with Official Acts, in addition to the initial Forgery charges.

Clay is now being held in the Linn County Jail on a cash bond of $12,500.

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