Posted: Saturday, April 30, 2016 12:00 am
A work-release inmate who jumped out of a moving truck near Oak Park Middle School on Friday is back in custody and facing up to 10 years in prison, authorities said.
Morgan County inmate Eric James Brewer, 22, of Decatur, jumped out of the vehicle at 19th Avenue and Eighth Street Southeast about 2:30 p.m. Both streets border the school, which is at 1218 16th Ave.
Brewer was recaptured shortly before school dismissed at 3:30 p.m., near 20th Avenue, Sheriff Ana Franklin said.
Extra security measures were in place on campus, and a “secure perimeter” established because the incident occurred near the school, Decatur City Schools Superintendent Ed Nichols said.
“That means all the outside doors were locked,” Nichols said. “We sent a schoolcast to parents at 3 p.m. to let them know students would not be allowed to walk, and they would need to arrange transportation.”
Nichols said school dismissed as usual once officials received the “all clear.”
He said additional school resource officers were on campus to help with car- and bus-rider lines, though no issues were reported at the school.
Franklin said Brewer had been working with three other inmates at the Point Mallard pavilion. They were setting up and cleaning for a free clinic scheduled for today at the venue.
Brewer is charged with second-degree escape, a Class C felony. When the incident occurred, he was jailed on a probation violation for possession of a forged instrument, jail records show.
“They did find him quickly after he bailed,” Franklin said. “But he’s really got himself in a mess now.”
Decatur police Lt. John Crouch said the escape resulted in a heavy presence of officers in the neighborhood. DPD responded because the incident occurred in the city limits.
Brewer is being held in jail with bail set at $2,500 on the escape charge. He’s held without bail on the probation violation.
Class C felonies are punishable by one to 20 years in prison and up to $15,000 in fines.
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