Jail escape leads to arrest


Madison County Sheriff’s deputies arrested a current inmate who was chased to east Highway 21 after escaping from jail Thursday morning.

Jason Garrett, 37, is facing charges of escape, burglary and aggravated assault after eluding police for several hours.

According to a press release from the Madison County Sheriff’s Office, Garrett was being held at the jail at 2005 E. Main St., while awaiting transfer to Texas Department of Criminal Justice for a felony theft arrest.

The release states he “took advantage of an opportunity” and fled the jail on foot. The nature of the opportunity was not disclosed, as Sheriff’s Department sources indicate the case still is under investigation.

Garrett, who was on foot, then went to Henson Ford on 581 I-45 South, and allegedly attempted to steal a vehicle, the release states.

He then headed east to a ranch in the 5000 block of Highway 21 East, the where he previously was employed. The release states he allegedly broke into an office there and took a shotgun, and then tried to enter the residence.

The owner of the home barricaded the entrance with a weapon of his own, the release states.

When officers arrived, Garrett was found lying in the front yard with gashes in his arm and an apparent self-inflicted gunshot would to his shoulder, the release states. He was given first aid by Deputy Sheriff Ryan Poe until emergency medical personnel arrived.

Garrett was listed in stable condition at CHI St. Joseph Regional.

The case still is under investigation.