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Deputy resigns after death of escaped Ohio inmate

Associated Press

WASHINGTON COURT HOUSE, OHIO: An Ohio sheriff’s deputy has resigned a day after an inmate escaped custody, stole a vehicle and died in a crash during a police chase.

Fayette County Sheriff Vernon Stanforth says the deputy who resigned Tuesday had lost a key during a jail scuffle Monday. WBNS-TV ( ) reports an inmate later used that key to free himself from restraints.

Authorities say 27-year-old David Payne of Lynchburg escaped while being taken to a hospital and stole a vehicle. He led officers on a chase at speeds topping 100 mph before a deputy used “stop sticks” to flatten the vehicle’s tires.

Authorities in Pickaway County say Payne was thrown from the car when it went off the side of a road and rolled several times.


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