POCAHONTAS, AR (KAIT) - A Randolph County woman in jail for non-payment of fines now faces a much heftier charge for escape.
According to Randolph County Sheriff Gary Tribble, Cheri Ann Burtman escaped from the jail while a jailer was walking another inmate out to an ambulance.
Burtman, in her prison garb, then ran across Pace Road to the softball fields and requested a ride from a person there who obliged.
That person then took her across town to Convent Street.
Sheriff Tribble said there, Burtman forced her way into a home.
Police caught up with her at that residence and put her back in custody. She was out of police custody for 10 minutes, according to Tribble.
Tribble told Region 8 News Burtman escaped the jail at 6:07pm. At 6:17, Burtman was back in their custody.
Burtman, who was being held in the Clay County Jail, was in Randolph County for her non-payment of fines hearing. The Randolph County Jail does not house women.
Burtman now faces a Class D Felony for escape.
Sheriff Tribble said they are still investigating the incident.