It didn’t last long and he didn’t get very far.

That’s how Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority Police are describing the attempted escape Wednesday night of convicted Niagara County rapist Lennie Frankline.

Frankline was on his way to a hearing in New York City and was being accompanied by two NYPD detectives when he made his break at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport. One of the detectives had stepped away and left Frankline handcuffed and shackled at the waist with his partner.

“He became unruly and he tried to walk away from the other detective,” NFTA Police Chief Joseph Riga said. “When he did that, the detective grabbed him and they began struggling.”

Frankline and the detective hit the airport terminal floor, setting off a law enforcement scramble. NFTA officers came to the assistance of the detective and were able to regain control of Frankline.

“He did kick one of our guys during the scuffle,” Riga said.

The NFTA officer, a captain assigned to the airport detail, was not seriously injured.

Instead of heading to New York, Frankline was taken to Cheektowaga Town Court were he was arraigned on charges of attempt escape and second-degree assault. He is currently being held at the Erie County Holding Center.

“He did cause some concern initially,” Riga said. “But it was over quickly. It’s not like he was running (free) through the airport.”

Frankline, 33, was convicted in mid-March on three counts of first-degree kidnapping, predatory sexual assault, four counts of first-degree criminal sexual act, second-degree assault, second-degree abortion and two counts of second-degree aggravated harassment in connection with an attack on his pregnant girlfriend and attempts to intimidate her friends. The conviction followed a three-day jury trial in Niagara County Court.

Niagara County prosecutors say Frankline faces the potential of life in prison when he is sentenced on May 28.

His New York City criminal case stems from an attack on the same victim from the Falls. The victim, a Bronx resident, had returned home after the incident here.

Frankline, who was at large, reportedly followed her there and once again, sexually assaulted her and set her on fire. His downstate charges include attempt murder and rape.

Both prosecutors and investigators have characterized Frankline as violent and unstable. He had two previous escape convictions on his criminal record before Wednesday night’s adventure in Cheektowaga.