TERRE HAUTE, Ind. -- The Vigo County sheriff says a prisoner is in critical condition after leaping off the third floor of the county courthouse in Terre Haute.
Sheriff Greg Ewing says 41-year-old Charles Maffioli of Terre Haute had emergency surgery at Terre Haute Regional Hospital following the leap Friday morning to the ground floor of the rotunda of the courthouse. Ewing says Maffioli apparently suffered a collapsed lung and several broken bones.
Maffioli had just appeared in court on charges of dealing in methamphetamine, maintaining a common nuisance, dumping controlled substance waste, possession of meth and possession of paraphernalia.
Ewing says Maffioli's hands and feet were chained at the time of his leap. Ewing says a deputy escorting him tried to intervene but was too late.