BEND, OR -- Two inmates allegedly stole an off-road vehicle from the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Rescue Ranch, in southeast Bend, and made a bid for freedom. The inmates, 30-year-old Christopher Turre (left) and 34-year-old Shawn McAllister (right), were with a work crew helping to care for the horses seized from Terrebonne when they tried to escape, just before noon, Wednesday.
Sgt. William Bailey says it didn't take long for law enforcement to find them, "About an hour after the inmates left the ranch facility, the first one was taken into custody, and then about 40 minutes later, the second one was taken into custody. Both were located on forest land south of Bend in the area of Lava Butte." No one is sure what prompted them to try to escape, "Both of these inmates are less than 30 days from being released from custody, time served." But, he says, now, "We can expect some additional charges on both these individuals for what happened."
There is now an investigation in to what happened, "We do believe, based on what one of the inmates told us, that they had consumed some hand sanitizer, for the alcohol content, which may be a contributing factor in their decision." DCSO is also looking into how the two managed to get the quad, "We may have to re-look at how we have inmates out here working at our facility, and our inmate workers," Sgt. Bailey tells KBND News, "But all of that will be determined through the investigation, and then we'll make whatever changes we need to in the future."