Man escapes from police custody en route to jail

A man with Franklin ties who was facing arrest on drug charges slipped away from a police officer while being taken to the Bartholomew County Jail.

Dustin Evans got away from police about 5:40 a.m. Tuesday in Columbus after Edinburgh police officer Rana Bostock let him get out of the vehicle because he said he was getting sick, Edinburgh Police Chief David Mann said.

Evans managed to escape when the officer was trying to get him back in the vehicle, Mann said.

He had not been located by Tuesday evening.

Evans, 26, was described as 5-foot-5 and about 160 pounds and wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt, a red shirt and blue shorts. Police said Evans has tattoos on his neck and shoulder area and was handcuffed when he escaped.

Evans initially was arrested in Edinburgh about 5 a.m. Tuesday. Police had gone to talk to him after learning he was wanted on a Scott County warrant for possession of drug precursors, Mann said. Evans also fled then but was caught on Main Street in Edinburgh, Mann said.

Officers found methamphetamine and paraphernalia on Evans, and he was going to be arrested on possession charges, along with resisting law enforcement, Mann said. Bostock took Evans to the Bartholomew County Jail, but jail officials asked that he first be checked out at the hospital in case he had ingested narcotics, Mann said.

He was taken to Columbus Regional Hospital and released. He then escaped while being taken back to the jail, Mann said.