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September 14, 2013

Inmate's brief dash for freedom proves costly

Ada — An Ada man in custody made a brief dash for freedom recently and is now facing a felony charge.

Devyn Leigh Pearce, 23, was taken into custody at the Pontotoc County Courthouse after receiving a drug court sanction Sept. 6, according to Deputy Kenny Heck. Heck said he was escorting Pearce to a patrol vehicle, when, as Heck was unlocking the vehicle’s door, Pearce bolted. Heck gave chase.

“While crossing the courthouse lawn I observed an unmarked police car enter into the chase going the same direction as inmate Pearce,” Heck wrote in a report. “When I rounded the corner of the Aldridge building located on the southeast corner of Broadway and 12th Street I observed that inmate Pearce had been caught and detained by Special Agent Palmer Mosely with the Bureau of Indian Affairs.”

Pearce was charged Monday with felony escape from arrest or detention. According to officials, the charge carries a maximum term of two years in prison.

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