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Dodge Co. Sheriff reviewing policy after inmate escape

Posted at 4:16 PM, Sep 21, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-21 19:14:08-04

An inmate who escaped while being transported from the state penitentiary to Fremont by a Dodge County deputy has been taken into custody after a night on the run.

Authorities say Eric Scott was able to get out of his handcuffs and wrap his shackles around the deputy's neck before he took control of the transport vehicle.

Sheriff Steve Hespen says there is no written policy the department has regarding transporting prisoners without a cage separating the backseat from the front of the vehicle.

Remarkably, during the escape, the deputy was able to throw his handgun out of the vehicle and talk Scott into leaving a rifle behind, Hespen said, but Scott left the deputy in Saunders County and later circled back to grab the handgun. 

Hespen says the department's number one concern during the search for Scott was making sure people were safe while he was potentially armed.