Heather Nesler

Heather Nesler

A St. Charles County woman who slipped out of her handcuffs and then took off in a patrol car and was later found hiding in a trash can, authorities said.

Heather Rene Nesler, 32, persuaded a Missouri State Highway Patrol trooper to loosen the cuffs because they were too tight. When the trooper went to retrieve Nesler’s purse for her, she drove off in the patrol car, authorities said.

St. Charles County prosecutors charged Nesler with tampering with a motor vehicle, resisting arrest and escaping from custody while under arrest. Her bail was set at $50,000. Online court records did not list an attorney for her.

Nesler was detained on Saturday after the patrol stopped a speeding vehicle she was riding in, police said. She was held because she had several outstanding warrants, mostly for stealing and drug or traffic offenses, The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported
Her MSHP arrest report shows she's wanted in several jurisdictions for more than five offenses. She's wanted in St. Charles for failure to appear for possession of a controlled substance and stealing. She's also wanted by O'Fallon police for a traffic offense. Lincoln County has a warrant out for her for failure to appear and another by Troy police for stealing, trespassing and failure to appear. 

The patrol car was found abandoned in O’Fallon about 20 minutes after Nesler drove off.

A St. Charles County sheriff’s deputy later found Nesler inside a trash can in O’Fallon.