DELAWARE – A Champaign County man who escaped from a correctional facility over the weekend was taken into custody by the Delaware Police Department Tuesday evening.
According to a press release, Troy B. Byrd, 29, of Mechanicsburg, was taken into custody after a vehicle pursuit. He escaped from the SEPTA Correctional Facility in Nelsonville on April 1.
At 6:31 p.m. Tuesday, Byrd was reportedly sighted as a passenger in a vehicle near a Dollar General store on London Road in Delaware. Officers responded to the area and located a vehicle matching the description provided.
Officers attempted to stop the vehicle, but the driver failed to yield and continued on London Road to South U.S. Route 42. The pursuit continued on South U.S. Highway 42 reaching speeds of 60 miles per hour and ended inside Union County near the U.S. 42 and U.S. 33 interchange after the suspect vehicle’s tires were deflated.
Delaware County Sheriff’s Office deputies, Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers, and deputies from the Union County Sheriff’s Office assisted in the effort to stop the vehicle.
Byrd was transported to the Delaware County Jail in Delaware to be held for arraignment. Police report Byrd waived his right to a municipal court arraignment and will be transported back to Nelsonville.
The alleged driver, Jamie V. Jarrett, 38, was charged with obstructing justice and a felony charge of failure to comply. Her bond was set at $300,000 in Delaware Municipal Court Wednesday.
According to a criminal complaint filed against Jarrett in the municipal court, she admitted to communicating with Byrd over the phone while he was at the correctional facility and police learned Jarrett assisted Byrd in planning his escape.
Byrd was sentenced to 23 months in prison in December 2015 after pleading guilty to possession of heroin and resisting arrest. Judicial release was granted in June 2016 and Byrd was placed on community control for a period of three years.
After he was found to have violated conditions of community control, Byrd was returned to community control on March 7 under the conditions that he gain admission to and complete the SEPTA Community Based Correctional Facility residential program and complete any aftercare programming to be completed upon release from the facility.
According to court documents, prior to the 2015 criminal case Byrd served prison terms for Champaign County criminal cases 2005, 2007, 2008 and 2013.
Byrd was the third offender to escape from the facility recently as two other offenders escaped last week.
An official at the facility said Justin D. Stanley, 25, was caught Monday in Newark. Stanley and David G. Skeens, 30, escaped from the 112-bed facility early Saturday while Byrd escaped hours later. Skeens was arrested Saturday morning in Heath.
Nick Walton can be reached at 937-652-1331 Ext. 1777 or on Twitter @UDCWalton.
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