Christopher Crane

Inmate indicted after allegedly trying to escape from deputies in Springfield

A man was indicted in Clark County Common Pleas Court after deputies said he ran away from them when he was being transported back to the jail from a local hospital by Clark County Sherrif’s Office deputies.

Christopher Crane, 36, is facing a charge of escape.

Crane was originally booked into jail on May 6, according to court records. He faces charges of theft and identity fraud, according to the records.

The new charge stems from an incident on May 9, according to an affidavit filed with the charge. Crane and another inmate were being transported back to the jail from Springfield Regional Medical Center at around 1 a.m., the affidavit says.

“Deputy placed Mr. Crane in leg shackles and handcuffed him in front of his body,” the affidavit says. “Mr. Crane was seated in the back seat directly behind me…”

When the vehicle got to the jail deputies heard the rear driver’s side door open and saw Crane exit the car and run south, the affidavit says.

“I exited the vehicle and advised jail command on my portable radio that I had an inmate escape from my cruiser and he was running south,” the affidavit says. “I continued to pursue Mr. Crane on foot and caught up with him at the corner of Fountain Avenue and West Columbia Street. I drew my service weapon and pointed it at Mr. Crane and ordered him to lay face down on the ground and advised him he would be shot if he continued to advance towards me.”

Crane laid face down on the sidewalk and was taken back into custody, according to the report.