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James Hickman, Brian Wilt, Joshua Frith escape from Bond County Jail

8:04 PM, Mar 8, 2012   |    comments
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Clinton County, IL (KSDK) - Three Bond County Jail escapees are back in custody after breaking out of jail Thursday morning, according to the Bond County Sheriff.

The Sullivan County Sheriff's Department in Indiana said James Hickman and Joshua Frith were captured around 8:15 a.m. Both surrendered without incident.

WTWO in Terre Haute, Indiana reported that a stolen vehicle with Illinois plates was spotted and OnStar helped authorities track it into Sullivan County.  Police got behind them and pulled over the vehicle on a road just northwest of Sullivan, Indiana.  The third escapee was not in the vehicle.

The Bond County Sheriff's Department posted on its Facebook page pictures of Hickman, 28-year-old Brian Wilt and Frith.

Brian Wilt was apprehended in Carbondale, Illinois.  No other information regarding his arrest has been made available. 

The Bond County Sheriff's Department said the inmates punched and knocked a correctional officer to the ground when the officer delivered items to the cell around 1:30 a.m. They ran out through a back door that has been unlocked while another officer took out the trash.

A car was reported stolen south of Greenville around 4:30 a.m. Carlyle police spotted the vehicle heading south on Route 127 in Carlyle. Carlyle police said the vehicle turned south onto a side street, crashed, and all three escapees ran off.

Authorities searched the area with a K-9 unit.  A short time later, they received a report of two additional vehicles stolen in the same area.  Carlyle police said one of the vehicles was stolen from the Carlyle mayor's home, but it was not the mayor's car.  That was the vehicle found in Indiana.  A black 2002 Chrysler Sebring was also stolen with Illinois license plates G979574.

Wilt was being held on forgery charges. Frith was being held on drug charges and Hickman was being held on sex abuse charges.

Frith and Hickman are not expected to face any charges in Indiana.

The Bond County sheriff said all procedures were followed when the prisoners escaped.

NewsChannel 5 will have more information when it becomes available.

KSDK

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