Prisoner loose in Downtown Columbus

Dustin Evans
Dustin Evans

Authorities in Bartholomew County are searching for an escaped prisoner. Edinburgh Police Chief David Mann says that 26-year-old Dustin Evans escaped from an Edinburgh Police Officer in the area of Eighth Street and Central Avenue in Columbus on Tuesday morning.

Mann says that the Officer initially took Evans to the jail, but jail staff refused to accept him due to his medical condition. He says the officer then took Evans to Columbus Regional Hospital to be checked out by medical staff. Once he was released from the hospital, the officer was taking Evans back to the jail when the prisoner complained about getting sick. Mann says the officer pulled over, let Evans out to vomit, then put him back in the patrol car. Mann says Evans got out of the car moments later due to the door not being locked.  Evans reportedly ran through a pair of houses and the officer lost sight oh him.

Evans is a white male, five-feet, five-inches tall and weighs about 160 pounds. He has tattoos on his temple, neck and shoulder. Evans was last seen wearing a grey hoodie, red shirt and blue shorts. He was also in handcuffs.

Evans is wanted on drug-related charges. If you see him, police say you should call 911.