A Louisville man who ran off Thursday afternoon from a Hardin County Detention Center jail annex on South Mulberry Street in Elizabethtown is back in custody after turning himself in this afternoon.

Jordan Lee Geary, 22, now faces a felony escape charge and could spend up to five years in prison for his roughly 26 hours of a freedom.

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

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

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

“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.

Second-degree escape is a Class D felony punishable by one to five years in prison, if convicted.

Geary had been in the custody of the Hardin County Detention Center since July 25. He said Geary had been transferred to Hardin County from Jefferson County when he was booked last month.

He was arrested on theft by unlawful taking from a building of more than $10,000 and booked locally 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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