- Associated Press - Thursday, October 16, 2014

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) - An inmate who escaped from the Jefferson County jail more than a week ago stole at least six cars and tried to flee in one of them Thursday before crashing and being captured by police in Boulder, authorities said.

Police responding to a tip found Travis Sandlin, 32, living in an empty house.

As a SWAT team moved in to arrest him, he got into a stolen van and tried to drive off, hitting an armored police vehicle before rolling down a steep embankment next to the house, Sheriff Ted Mink said.

Sandlin was taken to a hospital for injuries suffered in the crash and will be returned to a high-security portion of the jail, where he won’t be allowed to leave his single cell without supervision, the sheriff said.

Sandlin escaped through a fence in the recreation yard at the jail in Golden on Oct. 5, the first inmate to break out of the jail in its 27-year history.

Since then, authorities say, he stole at least six vehicles from around the Denver metro area, some of them with cash and credit cards inside that he used to buy gas and other supplies. Rather than hotwiring the cars, Sandlin took them from open garages or found them with keys already inside, Mink said.

He was spotted several times while on the run. At one point, officers briefly chased him but stopped when he hit high speeds.

Mink said other inmates may have helped Sandlin by acting as lookouts as he escaped.

Police say Sandlin pried open faulty wire mesh in the fence surrounding an outdoor recreation yard on the sixth floor then jumped about 20 feet to the next level.

Sandlin had been held on charges involving motor vehicle theft, drugs and weapons. He faces several new felonies, Mink said.


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