Sanilac County Work Release Inmate Attempts Escape

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FLYNN TOWNSHIP, MI – On Friday, November 20th, 2015, shortly after midnight, the Sanilac County Corrections Division Deputies became aware that an electronic tether on a work release inmate was intentionally deactivated. police-line-do-not-cross-investigation-graphic

Investigation by the Corrections Division showed that a 27 year old Melvin man who was on work release from the jail, had failed to return at the required time and promptly notified the Uniform Services Deputies who began investigating leads supplied by the Corrections Division and were in fact able to locate the tether on the side of the road and verify that it had been intentionally removed.

The inmate was located a short time later by Sheriff’s Deputies at a residence on Peck Rd in Flynn Township. He was arrested without incident. The investigation revealed the inmate had been the passenger in a vehicle at the time of his attempted escape. The male driver, a 22 year old Brown City resident was arrested for his role in the incident.

The Tether Program is a new program at the Sheriff’s Office which was developed and instituted by Lieutenant Nick Romzek and his staff this past September in conjunction with the Department of Corrections Adult Parole and Probation Division that allows the Corrections Division to electronically monitor Non- Violent offenders who qualify for Work Release status.

“It’s too bad that this individual chose to not be part of a great program that allows criminal wrongdoers a second chance to better themselves by continuing to work and be a part of the community they live and work in,” stated Sheriff Garry Biniecki. “I also want to commend our Corrections and Uniform Services Division’s for their quick actions and working together to foil his escape. The program was a privilege the inmate abused and he will be held accountable.”