Timothy Colwell, 28, of Crocker, was found in Iberia Thursday evening after escaping from Pulaski County Sheriff's Department (PCSD) deputies at a residence in Crocker.
Colwell has been charged with three counts related to the incident including one count of class D felony Tampering in the first degree for operating a motor vehicle without the consent of the owner, one count of class E felony Resisting Arrest, one count of class E felony of Property Damage in the first degree.
Deputies reported in a probable cause statement, on this case, that they were attempting to speak with Colwell about a white Ford Ranger with a camper shell, parked at the residence, that matched the description of a vehicle that had been reported stolen out of Camden County.
The deputy reported that he had noticed the vehicle while on his way to an unrelated call in the area for a breaking and entering that was no longer in progress.
PCSD deputies made contact with the residents and attempted to speak with Colwell, according to the probable cause statement.
"At that time we attempted to make contact with Colwell, in which he went out the bedroom window and jumped into the stolen vehicle," the deputy wrote in the probable cause statement.
The probable cause statement goes on to describe Colwell's escape as him allegedly fleeing in the stolen vehicle into the "woods behind the residence, taking out a fence and abandoning the vehicle in an adjacent field."
According to a press release by PCSD Thursday, Colwell allegedly fled the field on foot. It was previously reported by the Daily Guide that Colwell was currently charged with third degree assault, charges that were filed in September of 2017. According to the probable cause statement in that case, the incident stemmed from the alleged assault of a PCSD deputy while Colwell was incarcerated in the Pulaski County Jail.
The Daily Guide asked Pulaski County Prosecuting Attorney Kevin Hillman what charges Colwell was being held on when the alleged assault happened, but Hillman said that he may have had a probation warrant, which generally does not show up on Case.net and the prosecutor's office isn't notified.
Colwell allegedly caused a minimum of $750 worth of damage during the escape from Crocker, the deputy estimated in the probable cause statement. The complaint filed with the court said that the "defendant fled in such a manner that created a substantial risk of serious injury or death to other persons in that defendant drove a vehicle into the woods and through a fence while officers were attempting to apprehend him."
The vehicle, according to the complaint, was owned by Ellerman Construction, which was damaged in the alleged attempt to flee.
Colwell is currently being held in the Pulaski County Jail on a $50,000 cash or surety bond. As of press time, there was no hearing or trial information available.