Jackson County Jail escapee found


A 27-year-old man who escaped from Jackson County Jail on Jan. 23 was picked up in Longmont on Saturday night during a routine traffic stop.

Daniel J. Ross was arrested at about midnight on Saturday on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol. A Longmont police officer pulled Ross over on a routine traffic stop and took him to the Boulder County Jail, Jackson County Sheriff Rick Rizor said.

"It was just a matter of time until he screwed up," Rizor said of Ross' capture.

While being held in the Jackson County Jail for violating parole on a second-degree burglary of a dwelling charge, Ross escaped from the jail as a deputy entered his cell to give another inmate medication. Ross made a run at the deputy and escaped.

Routt County Sheriff John Warner asked residents to be on the look out for the 5-foot-9, 120-pound man with brown hair and eyes.

At the time of the escape, Rizor did not think there was much of a chance that Ross would head to Steamboat Springs. Instead, he suspected Ross fled to the Front Range area, most likely Greeley or Fort Collins.

Rizor said officers had not talked to Ross after the capture to learn the details of how he fled Walden and ended up in Longmont. Rizor did not expect that Ross would discuss the escape with authorities.

The night of the escape, the sheriff's office had the coroner, a paramedic and firefighters out searching for Ross until about 4 a.m. Two deputies looked for the man until daylight.

At the time of the escape, Rizor said no report had been made on a missing vehicle in Jackson County, and he assumed Ross caught a ride out of town with a friend. His mother and stepfather live in Jackson County.

Ross had been in the Jackson County Jail for four days for a parole violation and was being held for the Department of Corrections. Rizor said another inmate had indicated Ross did not want to go back to jail for three more years.

In addition to the parole violation and second-degree burglary charges, Ross accumulated before escaping from the jail, he will have an escape on a felony conviction charge and a theft charge. The theft charge comes from the inmate clothes Ross was wearing and took with him when he escaped.


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