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Christopher Johnson jailed after three unsuccessful escape attempts
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A Warren County man faces numerous charges stemming from three alleged attempts to avoid law enforcement: on motorcycle, on foot, and from the hospital. - photo by Lisa Hobbs
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A 38-year-old Warren County man reportedly escaped custody when taken for medical evaluation, but his remedy for incarceration was not effective.

The man, Christopher L. Johnson, was taken to Saint Thomas River Park Hospital on Monday night by Warren County Sheriff’s Department with complaints of leg pain. 

“While he was being taken for an X-ray, he jumped out of the wheelchair and ran out the door and tried to run,” said Warren County Sheriff’s Department Major Jason Walker. “He was caught about 50 yards from the hospital.”

Johnson’s complaints of leg pain originated from a motorcycle wreck at the intersection of Duck Hawk Drive and Falcon Drive at 4 p.m. Monday, a crash that was the end result of a high-speed chase in an alleged attempt to avoid law enforcement.

“Deputy Jared Jacobs observed the occupants of a motorcycle try several card readers at the pumps of Pump ‘N Pay East,” said Walker, of the male driver and female motorcycle passenger. “He noticed the motorcycle did not have any registration. Before he could approach the vehicle, it fled down Cadillac Lane and then onto Red Road.”

Jacobs reported speeds between 35 and 70 mph as Johnson made his way from Red Road onto Francis Ferry, Bluff Springs, Upper Faulkner, Faulkner Springs, Red Road and a right turn onto Duck Hawk Drive. 

“The driver ended up laying the motorcycle down on Duck Hawk Drive,” said Walker. “The driver then took off running and was apprehended about 30 yards from the motorcycle. After being taken to jail he began complaining about his leg being injured. He was taken to River Park Hospital.” 

Johnson faces charges of reckless endangerment, evading arrest, escape, and a license violation. His bond was set at a combined $67,000. The female passenger was released at the wreck scene and not charged.