A jail inmate managed to escape from custody while handcuffed and being driven to a doctor’s appointment in Akron, Ohio on Tuesday.
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Jason Lyle Conrad was also wearing a medical boot at the time of the escape, authorities said. He somehow managed to remove the boot before breaking free before 8 a.m. near one of the city’s more upscale neighborhoods.
It was not disclosed why Conrad was wearing the boot in the first place, though it was the result of a previous injury. Reports suggest Conrad was on his way to the doctor, being driven by a deputy, to have that injury examined.
Conrad was being held in the Summit County Jail on charges of drug possession and trafficking, willful fleeing and a parole violation. Police initially put out an alert that he was considered dangerous after he escaped.
Jason Lyle Conrad on The Loose
As of Tuesday afternoon, Conrad was wearing the orange jumpsuit given to inmates. He is listed as 5-foot-9, 150 pounds with brown hair.
Akron police, Fairlawn, and Copley police officers, along with Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers, were assisting with the search.
Several reports surfaced on social media that Conrad had been captured, though there was no official word from the Summit County Sheriff’s Department five hours after the escape.