Convict arrested in Grand County back in custody after Wednesday escape
A man who was sentenced to prison after a 2016 arrest in Grand County that had escaped custody Wednesday was detained late Thursday afternoon in Fort Collins, according to the Colorado Department of Corrections.
Cody Harris, 27, was confirmed to have escaped custody just before 1 p.m. Wednesday while with a prison work crew in Adams County, located just northeast of Denver. He was reportedly hiding inside the home of Cari Ann Roedel, his sister, Samantha Harris, said in an email to Sky-Hi News on Thursday evening. He was arrested by Fort Collins police without incident.
Harris was sentenced to prison for several felonies, including vehicular eluding and escape from pending felony. According to the department of corrections, Harris wasn’t to be released until 2024 at the earliest.
Harris was detained by Grand County authorities in September 2016, after remaining at large for almost 14 hours. At the time, he was wanted for several active warrants from other jurisdictions and was ultimately arrested for vehicular eluding and possession of a controlled substance by the Fraser-Winter Park Police Department.
Prior to his arrest, at around 6:30 p.m. Sept. 14, 2016, state authorities executed a tactical intervention technique on a vehicle Harris was traveling in along Berthoud Pass, causing it to lose control, leave the highway and roll down an embankment coming to rest on its wheels. Harris was said to have exited the vehicle and fled on foot into the surrounding forest.
An extensive ground search for Harris then began, conducted by the Grand County Emergency Response Team and K-9 teams. The search was suspended at approximately 10:30 p.m. without locating the suspect.
A citizen driving on the Mary Jane road the next morning alerted police when they saw a suspicious man walking along the road. Authorities responded to the area and located Harris.
According to information provided at the time by Lt. Dan Mayer, spokesperson for the Grand County Sheriff’s Office, Harris was believed to be hypothermic and was transported to the hospital when he was located. Harris reportedly stayed somewhere in the woods overnight around Winter Park Resort’s Mary Jane territory and faced a cold, rainy night before he was captured.
The department of corrections has no further information at this time, but said updates will be provided as the situation develops.
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