- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 2, 2016

KEOKUK, Iowa (AP) - Authorities say a man who escaped from a Missouri county jail was captured after officers blocked the vehicle he was driving on a highway bridge into southeast Iowa.

Twenty-six-year-old Jessie Sturm was taken into custody without incident Tuesday morning. Authorities say Sturm had kicked his way through a cell ceiling at the Clark County Jail in Kahoka and eventually walked out the jail’s front door late Monday night. It’s believed he stole the pickup he was driving when spotted and then chased by Hamilton, Illinois, police, early Tuesday.

The Illinois officers pursued Sturm onto the Hamilton-Keokuk Bridge, which the Keokuk officers had blocked during the morning commute.

He’d been jailed while awaiting a hearing on an eluding charge filed after his September 2015 arrest for a Clark County chase.



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