Slippery inmate faces charges for crimes during escape

Slippery inmate faces charges for crimes during escape
Thomas Ivan Grimes

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) - A man who escaped from the Douglas County Jail in a trash can was charged Wednesday with crimes that occurred when he was on the lam.

Thomas Ivan Grimes pleaded not guilty in Lane County Circuit Court to charges that included assault, possession of a stolen vehicle and attempting to elude police.

The Register-Guard reports the 32-year-old Springfield man was arrested by a SWAT team in July in Springfield after he had twice slipped away from pursuing officers in the weeks following his escape from jail in Roseburg.

Grimes pleaded guilty in Douglas County to the June escape and other charges and was sentenced in September to more than seven years in prison.

He hid in a trash can that was dumped outside the jail by inmate workers.

Information from: The Register-Guard, http://www.registerguard.com

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