Man turns himself in after jail van escape
by Cris Ritchie Editor
HAZARD A Perry County man who escaped from a jail van last month is back in custody this week after turning himself in to authorities last Thursday evening.
Roger Dale Henson, 22, of Dice was being transported from the courthouse on Main Street back to the Kentucky River Regional Jail in Hazard on Thursday, August 13 when he busted out a glass panel in the jail van and escaped through the window, reportedly running down a hillside at Tunnel Mill Drive near the Ky. 15 bypass, police said. Henson was reported to have been still handcuffed and barefoot at the time of his escape.
Authorities launched a search for Henson immediately afterwards, but were unable to locate him. They continued to follow leads and attempt locate him in the days that followed.
That search ended two weeks after the incident when Henson turned himself in at the Hazard Police Department, said Deputy Chief Joe Engle.
Engle explained that he and Captain Jason Duff had made contact with some of Hensons family members earlier in the day before he turned himself in.
We told them that if he turned himself in that he would be safe and wouldnt be bothered, Engle said.
Following his alleged escape, police filed charges of second-degree escape, first-degree criminal mischief, and misdemeanor theft. Court records show Henson was originally indicted in June in Perry County on charges of burglary, theft, and criminal mischief.
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