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Two arrested, charged with escape from county jail

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By Kenny Colston

Two inmates are being charged with escape after one took a 10-minute trip to get alcohol and tobacco and bring it back to the Oldham County Jail.

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Jacob Fields, 22, of La Grange, and Dallas Dennison, 19, of Crestwood, are being charged with escaping the jail on July 7 around 8 p.m.

According to the arrest report, Fields left the jail while on work detail, sneaking out through a back door of the work release cell. The report cites video evidence that Fields left then returned to the cell 10 minutes later with alcohol and tobacco.

The alcohol and tobacco were shoplifted from All Aboard Liquors on First Street, according to co-owner Dan Doty. Fields took a bottle of Burnett Vodka, he said. La Grange Police have added a shoplifting charge to Fields’ escape charges.

Fields was charged with one count of escape, second degree, and two counts of promoting contraband, first degree, after being arrested by jail employees two days after his escape and return. According to the arrest report, Fields admitted he left the jail and returned with the items after being arrested.

Dennison is charged with one count of escape for assisting Fields in leaving, according to the arrest report.

The report said Dennison covered up a jail video camera just before Fields left the cell and again just before Fields returned to the cell. It also notes that video taken throughout the day show Dennison and Fields practicing covering up the camera with their jail shoes.

The two were arraigned on July 14, where they pled not guilty to their charges. Their next court date was Wednesday, after the Era’s press deadline.

Both men were given $5,000 bonds because they are deemed flight risks, according to their bond documents.

Fields was originally arrested on April 14 for burglary, second degree. He had been sentenced to several months in jail with a Nov. 25 release date on that case, before the escape charges came up.

Dennison was originally arrested on June 11 on bench warrants including shoplifting more than $500 and probation violations. Those charges are still pending in district court.

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