Barely a block away from where he bolted from a sheriff’s deputy who was escorting him from a courtroom to the jail, Asa Williams was found hiding in the back yard of a home on Southwest Cottage Street at around 10:30 Tuesday morning.
A report came in that Williams was in the back yard of a yellow house barely 400 feet from the jail…a place he obviously didn’t want to set foot in.
Police Chief Mark Miranda says officer Tyson Haynes was backtracking over what was believed to be Williams’ escape route. As officer Haynes was looking over the back of a small house on SW Cottage, he noticed a piece of plywood covering an opening to a crawlspace under the home. When he pulled back the plywood, Miranda said Officer Haynes spotted Williams crouched down inside. Williams was quickly returned to custody and was booked into the jail which was the judge’s original order. Williams was originally sentenced to jail time for a probation violation in connection with a drunk driving conviction. He will obviously be back in court shortly over this latest incident.
Sheriff’s officials say that Williams had appeared in court on crutches claiming to have a foot injury. After being sentenced to jail time for a drunk driving parole violation, his sheriff’s deputy escort summoned a wheel chair after determining that crutches posed a security and safety risk. On the way between the courthouse and the jail Williams jumped out of the wheel chair and took off running southwest toward the post office and eventually disappeared behind some houses. A little over an hour later he was back in custody after being apprehended hiding under a house on SW Cottage, less than a block away.
Williams was booked into the jail on charges of escape and criminal trespass. His bail was set at $57,000.