Ellis County Detention Officers were able to recapture an inmate who escaped from the Wayne McCollum Detention Center on Saturday.

The inmate Jason Adcock, 36, of Dallas was serving as a trustee in the kitchen area at the time of the escape, fleeing on foot.

Chief Deputy Dennis Brearley said Adcock was able to exit the back doors of the jail kitchen after taking a key from the kitchen office.

“His ‘freedom’ lasted about 10 minutes because a detention officer observed him leaving through the door and gave chase. The inmate ran to the creek just south of the jail. It was at that location the initial detention officer caught up to him and attempted to handcuff him,” Brearley said. “Adcock fought the officer and just as he broke free of the officer two other detention officers arrived and they subdued him.”

Waxahachie Fire Department Gary Myers said firefighters were called out at 4:43 p.m. to the scene to assist Adcock who claimed to be hurt. Firefighters arrived on the scene and used backboards, a stokes basket and ropes to remove Adcock from the bank of creek. Once moved from the bank of the creek, Adcock was turned over to members of East Texas EMS. Firefighters cleared the scene at 5:36 p.m.

The detention officers accompanied Adcock to Baylor Medical Center at Waxahachie where he was checked out and subsequently released.

Adcock is in jail for burglary and theft charges awaiting transfer to a state prison.

Brearley said how Adcock was able to obtain the key is under investigation.

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