Delta County inmate breaks free, is chased down by chief deputy and county judge

From Staff Reports

April 7, 2008 - Not only was an inmate's escape from Delta County authorities short-lived Friday afternoon, it is also notable because of who helped the chief deputy apprehend the fleeing man.

After all, it's not every day a county judge becomes involved in a pursuit.

Phillip Kennedy was in custody at Delta County Sheriff's Office on drug charges arising out of Jan. 8 and Feb. 29 incidents and arrests. At approximately 1:50 p.m. Friday, Kennedy was talking with DCSO Chief Deputy David Short when he suddenly bolted, running out of the sheriff's department, according to a release from Delta County Sheriff's Office.

Short gave chase, pursuing the escaped inmate only about a half a block before catching him, with a little bit of assistance from Delta County Judge Ted Carrington, who apparently happened by.

The Delta County chief deputy then quickly handcuffed Kennedy and took him the short half-block back to jail.

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