BROOKLYN - Officers are searching for a handcuffed prisoner who escaped custody from the back of a marked police car. 

Authorities say 26-year-old Darnell Thomas managed to get out of the vehicle near Atlantic and South Portland avenues at around 6:30 p.m. Monday. 

Thomas is described as being 5 feet 8 inches tall, and was last seen wearing a white T-shirt, a jacket with gold zippers, and two gold earrings in each ear. 

He had been arrested on a criminal mischief charge.