Police capture escapee missing for 10 days

Tuesday, December 31, 2002

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Police have recaptured a convict who escaped earlier this month from a van as he was being transported to a correctional facility in Fulton.

Larry Drew Jacques, 40, eluded authorities for 10 days before he was captured Saturday night in Springfield after ramming a police car with his car as he attempted to flee.

Jacques was not shackled or handcuffed Dec. 18 when he unlocked the van's door as it was slowing to a stop at a Springfield intersection. The Webster County Sheriff's Department was transporting Jacques and four other prisoners for three area counties. Jacques was to begin serving a 15-year sentence for armed robbery.

Jacques fought off one deputy, injuring him slightly, before escaping into a residential neighborhood.

The four other inmates stayed in the van and did not try to escape.

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