Suspect stops on command
A Viola man who was sentenced to a year in prison in Fulton County Circuit Court Aug. 2 made a split-second decision that may substantially increase his jail time.
"I guess he decided he didn't want to go to jail at the last minute," Fulton County deputy Paul Martin said with a laugh after J.D. Comstock was apprehended following a brief escape from police custody.
Comstock, 19, is being charged with second degree escape, a class D felony.
According to the Fulton County Sheriff's Office, Comstock was being escorted back to the Fulton County jail after sentencing in Circuit Court when the escape occurred.
Comstock and Fulton County deputy Carroll Traw were walking up the steps leading into the sheriff's office when Comstock knocked Traw down and fled.
Officers from the Fulton County Sheriff's Office immediately dispersed to find Comstock.
Fulton County jailer Jo Cunningham saw Comstock running down Locust Street when she yelled at him to stop. Comstock complied and was taken into custody.
Comstock's failed escape attempt lasted 10 minutes.
"I'm glad he stopped because I was almost out of breath," said Cunningham.
Bond has not been set for Comstock's escape charge. He will be arraigned in September in Fulton County Circuit Court.
Prior to his escape, Comstock was sentenced to one year in jail by Circuit Court Judge Tim Weaver for breaking and entering and theft of property.