Inmate attempts to escape from custody

By: Newscenter 16
By: Newscenter 16

An inmate attempted to escape from custody Wednesday morning as he exited the St. Joseph County Courthouse.

At around 8:40 a.m., Timothy Patterson fled from Transportation Deputies as he made his way out of the tunnel on the lower level of the Courthouse building. Patterson went up the stairs and out of the building through an emergency exit as officers pursued him.

The chase continued to a parking garage at the corner of Main Street and Wayne Street. Officers were able to catch up to Patterson within a few minutes, according to Lt. Matt Blank from St. Joseph County Police.

Patterson is currently being held on charges of Domestic Battery, Felony OWI and a hold for Laporte City. He may now also face additional charges for his escape attempt.

Inmate being transported for court appearances are normally restrained using waist chains and shackles around the ankles. But, Patterson was not able to be shackled due to a documented ankle injury, according to Blank.

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