Jail inmate pretends to be another, walks out

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

A Grand Traverse County jail inmate posed as someone else and walked out the door untouched.

Nicholas Yoder was caught a short time later, but the Traverse City Record-Eagle (http://bit.ly/U1tOby) reports the 23-year-old's escape on Thursday has put the jail's procedures under the microscope.

Yoder was released around 2 p.m. when he claimed to be an inmate scheduled for discharge. Police were after him a few minutes later when the mix-up was discovered.

He was on the run for a little more than an hour before authorities arrested him at Central Grade School.

Sheriff Tom Bensley says Yoder was in a cell that held several inmates when a corrections officer called the name of a different inmate. That inmate was asleep, so Yoder walked up and pretended to be him.

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