After 26 hours, escapee returns to jail

A Louisville man could spend up to five years in prison for 26 hours of freedom after running away Thursday afternoon from a Hardin County Detention Center’s jail annex on South Mulberry Street in Eliza­bethtown.

Jordan Lee Geary, 22, was returned to custody around 2:30 p.m. Friday after he turned himself in at the detention center. He now faces a second-degree escape charge and faces between one and five years in prison, if convicted.

Hardin County Jailer Josh Lindblom said Geary made contact with family members and he then called the jail. After the two talked, Lindblom said Geary turned himself in around 2:30 p.m. Friday at the jail.

Geary, who was in a substance abuse program at the detention center, ran away around 12:30 p.m. Thursday from a deputy jailer as inmates were walking between a dormitory and classroom building.

Lindblom said a deputy was escorting Geary “and a few others” outside of the facility when he sprinted off.

“He was a low-risk inmate and we were trying to get him some help,” Lindblom said. He said the substance abuse program takes several months to complete.

Geary had been in custody since July 25 at the jail. Geary had been transferred to Hardin County from Jefferson County when he was booked last month, according to a Kentucky State Police Post 4 news release.

He was arrested on theft by unlawful taking from a building of more than $10,000 and locally booked for a probation violation for the felony offense, according to jail data. He was scheduled to appear Aug. 27 in Hardin Circuit Court on the probation violation charge.

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