9/5/2013 1:52:00 PM Carter caught in Palestine, now in Pontiac "You know who I am," escapee tells Palestine police chief on Market Street.
Escaped inmate Jared Carter is led to a Department of Corrections van after being captured in Palestine by Chief Jeffrey Besing. Besing said Carter said “his muscles were cramping and he was really thirsty,” on his way to Crawford County Jail. Carter was transferred from the jail to Robinson Correctional Center, on his way eventually to a maximum-security facility. (Graham Milldrum photo)
Jared Carter, the man who fled from a trustee work detail at Robinson Correction Center, is back in prison.
He was arrested at 3:47 p.m. Tuesday by Palestine Police Chief Besing on LaMotte Street near Main.
The final arrest came after a report that said Carter was near Biernbaum Garage on the west side of Palestine. As Besing headed towards the garage, dispatch received another call that Carter was walking on Market Street. When Besing approached the area he said he saw Carter, who walked up and said "You know who I am," and asked for water.
Carter was taken into custody without incident.
During transport, Carter said his muscles were sore and asked again for water. Besing said he told Carter they would get him water at the facility they were headed to, which turned out to be Crawford County Jail.
There he changed out of a torn T-shirt he found at some point during his escape, and his prison-issued pants and shoes, Jail Administrator Fred Chinn said. He was dressed in a gray IDOC jumpsuit when he was loaded into a prison transport van and removed from the jail.
Carter is now in Pontiac Correctional Center, a maximum-security facility.
"I want the community to know how much we appreciate them," IDOC Chief Public Safety Officer Brad Curry said following Carter's arrest.
Curry said the support from businesses, residents and local law enforcement was invaluable. They received many tips that ultimately led to Carter's capture, and his officers were given water and food while they searched over the weekend with heat indices climbing into the 90s.
Robinson Police Sergeant Dave Marqua spent 21 hours in the communication center on Friday, working to organize the search.
He said some chaos is inevitable in an event like this, but it was well controlled and the various groups worked well together.
Robinson Police Officer Dan Strauch was the first K-9 officer on the scene. He and police dog Enzo started a search from where Carter abandoned his prison-issued shirt, sunglasses and ID, and followed a half-mile long track to a stream. The trail vanished in the waist-deep water, Strauch said.
The heat was difficult for the six or seven dogs who were involved in the effort, he said, as they searched houses and trailers throughout the county.
The bright orange jumpsuits of IDOC officers became a common sight in Robinson as officers went door to door looking for Carter.
Crawford County Chief Deputy Doug Slater said this was "the best solution possible."
The only downside was the cost to taxpayers, he said.
The effort involved DOC officers, U.S. Marshals, Illinois State Police, Crawford County Sheriff's Department and Robinson police, supported by helicopters and an airplane.
Carter would have been eligible for parole in May 2016.
The IDOC is continuing an investigation into Carter's escape and activities while on the loose. It is unknown what additional charges Carter may face, but they would be filed through the Crawford County State's Attorney's office.