Escapee caught in Clarksville


Jackson County police captured the 39-year-old inmate who escaped Friday evening from the jail in Brownstown.

Daniel C. Coomer of Clarksville was arrested in the parking lot of Bubba’s 33, 4631 Medical Plaza Way, in Clarksville around 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

The arrest came about 23 hours after he escaped from the jail.

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“We set up a sting and were able to arrest him,” Sheriff Rick Meyer said.

Officers Dustin Steward, Jesse Hutchinson and Stan Darlage made the arrest.

FBI agent Todd Prewitt also assisted with the arrest.

Coomer exited an exterior door of the jail around 8:40 p.m. Friday while in the recreation area with three other inmates. Jail staff discovered he escaped around 9:10 p.m.

Around 11 p.m., a home was broken into in the 1100 block of South County Road 50W. Meyer said the back door of the residence was kicked in and several officers searched the area for three hours but were unable to locate Coomer.

At 7:50 a.m. Saturday, a 1993 red Chevrolet pickup truck was reported stolen from a residence in the 3400 block South County 300E near Wegan. An all terrain vehicle had been stolen and left on its side about a half mile from the residence that was broken into.

In footage of the escape, Meyer said it shows Coomer open the exterior door, left the jail and jump over the chain link fence with barbwire nearby.

Coomer then fled the south of the department, he said.

Coomer was being held at the Jackson County Jail on multiple charges including driving while suspended, possession of methamphetamine, possession of paraphernalia, auto theft, operating a vehicle while intoxicated, operating a vehicle while intoxicated causing endangerment and impersonation of a public servant.

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