A man accused of escaping from authorities must post a $15,000 bond before being released from custody.
Neil D. Hembree, 37, of Vermilion, is charged with escape. The fifth-degree felony is punishable by six to 12 months behind bars.
On Monday, the Wakeman Police Department with the assistance of Vermilion police apprehended Hembree on two felony warrants in the city of Vermilion.
"Hembree had escaped from Wakeman police on Dec. 22 while he was being walked through a residence in the Riverview (Mobile Home) Park. Wakeman police were investigating a theft at the time," Wakeman Police Chief Tim Hunker said.
"Hembree gave the police his brother's information and when confronted he told police that he had warrant out of the Lorain Police Department for possession of heroin. Hembree was able to run out of the residence in handcuffs and was not located in the park," the chief said.
The Huron County Sheriff's Office assisted with the search.
"Tips led police into Firelands Manor in Wakeman Township, where a couple attempted to lie to the police, but then later changed their story," Hunker said without elaborating.
The chief and his officer then went to a Gore Orphanage Road residence, where Lorain County sheriff's deputies assisted with the search of residence where both Hembree and his brother reportedly had been staying.
"According to the roommates, the police had just missed him. This was definitely a situation where we needed to locate Hembree before he had (gone) back to Lorain. Hembree is known to be a serious heroin user and was desperate. We were later told that he had painted his face with camouflage paint and mud in an attempt to hide in the woods," Hunker said.
Through Monday, Wakeman police continued to receive information. Officers then coordinated with Vermilion police.
"Wakeman and Vermilion officers were able to set up on Lake Road and wait for Hembree to come through the city. He was later observed at a gas station on Lake Road and quickly taken into custody without incident. Hembree was actually shooting himself up with heroin when officers stormed the car," Hunker said.
Police reported finding Hembree with syringes, suspected heroin paraphernalia and multiple prescription pills. He was taken to the Huron County Jail.