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Escapee’s dash for freedom racks up 7 felony charges

Isaac

A Fort Wayne man faces seven felony charges after escaping from the Allen County Work Release Center and stealing an SUV that he crashed into a house and police car, according to court papers.

Brian Isaac, 38, was preliminarily charged Friday with carjacking, escape, auto theft, criminal recklessness, operating a vehicle as a habitual traffic violator and two counts of criminal mischief, all felonies. He’s also charged with misdemeanor counts of resisting law enforcement, failure to stop after an accident and failure to return to the scene of an accident.

In October, Isaac was sent to the minimum-security work release center on Lima Road after he was convicted of operating a vehicle as a habitual traffic violator and operating a vehicle while intoxicated.

On Thursday evening, during a smoke break supervised by a confinement officer, Isaac jumped a chain-link fence and started screaming and acting strange, according to court papers. The officer took the other inmates out of the break area while Isaac fled, the papers stated.

Isaac went to a gas station, where he stole a sport utility vehicle just before 8 p.m. He drove west on Carroll Road and lost control of the vehicle, crashing into the corner of a house and causing at least $2,500 in damage, court papers said.

Isaac began driving again and headed straight for the squad car of an officer who had stopped to check on the crash.

Isaac struck the squad car, drove up and over it right after the officer dived out of the way to avoid being hit, court papers said.

That crash disabled the SUV, and Isaac bailed from the vehicle and started running. He led police on a short chase before he was captured and taken to Parkview Regional Medical Center for observation, court papers stated.

Isaac, of the 2000 block of Bayer Avenue, was being held Friday night at the Allen County Jail in lieu of $39,750 bail.

aingersoll@jg.net

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