Police thwart inmate’s escape attempt

From Local Sources


JASPER — Police thwarted an escape attempt today when an inmate bolted while being taken from the Dubois County Courthouse.

Nick M. Kreilein, 43, 406 S. Main St., Huntingburg, had been incarcerated at the Dubois County Security Center since March 6 on charges that included Level 5 felony fraud on a financial institution, two Level 6 felony counts of driving while classified as a habitual traffic violator and Level 6 felony counts of theft, possession of methamphetamine and possession of paraphernalia.

At 11:40 a.m., while being escorted with another inmate from the courthouse after a court appearance, Kreilein bolted from the custody of a transportation officer, according to the Dubois County Sheriff’s Department.

The transportation officer commanded Kreilein to stop but police say he kicked off his shoes and fled west toward Newton Street.

The sheriff’s department said the transportation officer called dispatch while securing his other inmate.

Deputies and Jasper Police Department officers responded to the area and quickly detained Kreilein at Fifth and Clay streets.

As a result of the escape attempt, Kreilein is being preliminarily charged with Level 5 felony escape and misdemeanor resisting law enforcement and theft, with the latter charge pertaining to the attempted theft of county property, according to the sheriff’s department.

In reporting on the incident, the sheriff’s department noted that all persons are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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