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Inmate escapes through unlocked door at Jackson County Jail

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Posted at 12:51 PM, Aug 03, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-03 20:15:58-04

BROWNSTOWN — Authorities in Jackson County have found an inmate who escaped from the jail through an unlocked door Friday night.

Daniel A. Coomer, 39, of Clarksville, was taken to an outdoor recreation area around 8:40 p.m. and allegedly left through an unlocked door, Jackson County Sheriff's Office Lt. Adam Nicholson said in a press release. The recreation area is within the walls of the jail and has a fence as a roof over top. It is unknown why the door was unlocked and is being investigated.

Correctional officers discovered Coomer left around 9:10 p.m., Nicholson said.

Authorities were called to a home around 11 p.m. on Country Road 500 West after someone thought their home was broken into, Nicholson said. Coomer is believed to have broken in and stole clothing. Law enforcement officers from several agencies searched for Coomer for more than three hours, but were unable to locate him.

Just before 8 a.m. Saturday, deputies were called to investigate a stolen vehicle in the 3400 block of South County Road 300 West, Nicholson said. Deputies believe Coomer still has the stolen vehicle, which is a single-cab red 1993 Chevrolet C15 pick-up truck with Indiana license plate SXQ132.

Coomer was being held on the suspicion of impersonation of a public servant, possession of methamphetamine, possession of paraphernalia, auto theft, OWI, OWI endangerment and an outstanding warrant from Floyd County Circuit Court.

He was captured Saturday in Clark County by the Jackson County Sheriff's deputies and the FBI, according to the sheriff's office. Coomer is being transported back to the Jackson County Jail.