A surprisingly athletic judge has been praised as a hero for leaping into action to help apprehend two suspects after they attempted to escape courtroom during a routine hearing.
Kodey Howard and Tanner Jacobson were in a Lewis County courtroom Tuesday before Judge R.W. Buzzard when they decided to make a run for it. Then, to everyone’s surprise, Judge Buzzard quickly threw his robe off and chased them himself! Sprinting through the courtroom and nipping at the heels of the criminals, the agile lawman left attorneys stunned as he bolted through the courthouse hallways.
Hilariously, and probably after sneaking a glance over his shoulder and seeing the long arm of the law hounding him down, Howard lost his footing and face-planted before he could reach freedom. He was quickly apprehended by Judge Buzzard by means of a “bear hug,” administered not far from the exit door.
Buzzard was concerned that if the inmates were so “that desperate” to escape, then “what are they going to do when they get into the public hallway?”
So, he decided a pursuit was his best option.
“I wanted to at least find out where they were going,” he added.
“You kind of picture circus music almost going in the background as they crash into each other,” Lewis County Sheriff Rob Snaza remarked to KIRO-TV of the unusual incident.
Deputies managed to book Jacobson back into custody a couple blocks away after a short pursuit.
“These things don’t happen very often,” Snaza said. “They’re few and far between.”
According to the Daily Chronicle, both men now face a felony charge of second-degree escape and have been placed on bonds.
(H/T: Global News)