Police: Falls Creek Man Faces Escape Charge After Running From Probation Officers

PINE CREEK TWP., Pa. (EYT) – A Falls Creek man serving in an intermediate punishment program is facing new charges after he reportedly fled from parole officers and failed to return to the Jefferson County Jail as required.

Court documents indicate the Punxsutawney-based State Police filed criminal charges against 40-year-old Herbert D Murray III.

According to a criminal complaint, Herbert D Murray III is currently serving an intermediate punishment at the Jefferson County Jail, which began on January 22, 2020.

Court documents indicate President Judge John H. Foradora sentenced Murray to six months in the intermediate punishment program on one misdemeanor count of DUI: General impairment/incapable of driving safely – second offense, on December 18, 2019.

The complaint states Murray was scheduled to be picked up by Jefferson County Probation on January 30, at 5:00 p.m. According to the complaint, Murray was seen running out of his back door by the probation officers. He allegedly failed to respond back to the Jefferson County Jail by 7:00 a.m. on January 31.

One second-degree misdemeanor count of escape was filed against Murray through Magisterial District Judge Gregory M. Bazylak’s office on Tuesday, March 10.

A preliminary hearing for the case has not yet been scheduled.

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