Uintah County jail escapees captured in Nebraska
Crime • Deputy finds the two men walking away from vehicle stolen out of Lincoln, Neb.
Published: September 24, 2012 07:24AM
Updated: September 24, 2012 11:11AM
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Dallas Ephraim Derrick. Courtesy photo

Two inmates who escaped from a Uintah County jail last week have been captured in Nebraska.

Lancaster County Jail officials confirmed Sunday morning that Dallas Ephraim Derrick, 31, and Jason Max Braham, 21, are incarcerated at the facility. They were denied bond.

Uintah County Undersheriff John Laursen said in a news release that the pair were captured Sunday morning after they were spotted walking away from a stalled vehicle in Lincoln, Neb. A deputy approached them to see if they needed help.

The deputy said he became suspicious after listening to the men’s answers and after viewing their behavior, he said.

It was not immediately clear what the men were doing in Nebraska.

Authorities in Lincoln said an investigation into the duo’s activities in Nebraska was ongoing.

Laursen said the escapees were facing pending charges in Nebraska and then would be extradited to Utah.

Derrick and Braham had been housed at the Uintah County Sheriff’s jail under contract with the Utah Department of Corrections.

The duo fled the Vernal jail Wednesday through a 3-foot-by-2-foot vent of a laundry room where they worked. They then allegedly stole a green 1996 GMC Yukon from a nearby residence. It wasn’t clear if they were still in the vehicle when they were apprehended.

Derrick was serving a sentence for second-degree felony burglary, third-degree felony theft, third-degree felony possession and/or use of a controlled substance, third-degree felony failure to stop or respond at the command of police, and class A misdemeanor child abuse.

Braham was behind bars for second-degree felony burglary, second-degree felony theft, third-degree felony theft, third-degree felony burglary and class B misdemeanor theft.

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