ROCHESTER, N.H. — Police in the New Hampshire city of Rochester are searching for a handcuffed man who escaped custody by climbing through the back window of a police cruiser.

Police say 27-year-old Michael Mendoza had been taken into custody Friday on suspected drug charges and for violating probation.

Mendoza was feet from the secured entrance to the police station when he managed to get his cuffed-hands out from behind his back and escape through the window.

Police Capt. Paul Callaghan says it’s unclear how much the window was rolled down.

The officer who had been transporting Mendoza called for backup and gave chase, but Mendoza couldn’t be located.

Callaghan tells WMUR-TV the department will review its procedures about transporting prisoners to prevent another escape.