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Death of handcuffed man who escaped from Iowa State Patrol car highlights lack of cages

In this 2014 photo provided by Gary Lentzkow is his son Matthew Lentzkow in La Porte City, Iowa. Lentzkow, 36, of Newton, died on Nov. 1 in a traffic accident on Interstate 80 after managing to escape from an Iowa State Patrol car while handcuffed. (AP Photo/Gary Lentzkow)

In this 2014 photo provided by Gary Lentzkow is his son Matthew Lentzkow in La Porte City, Iowa. Lentzkow, 36, of Newton, died on Nov. 1 in a traffic accident on Interstate 80 after managing to escape from an Iowa State Patrol car while handcuffed. (AP Photo/Gary Lentzkow)  (The Associated Press)

A video shows officers failed to guard an Iowa drunken driving suspect who escaped from a State Patrol car while handcuffed and was struck by a van and killed.

Matthew Lentzkow's death has brought attention to how Iowa State Patrol vehicles lack cages to transport suspects to jail.

Lentzkow's father, Gary Lentzkow, says the trooper who made the Nov. 1 stop and two sheriff's deputies who arrived as backup should not have allowed his son to unbuckle himself and get out of the patrol car.

Jasper County Sheriff John Halferty says officers in hindsight should have put the 36-year-old Newton man in the cage of a sheriff deputy's car and had someone watch him.

He says the officers believed they were doing everything right at the time.