Inmate Who Escaped From Black Hawk County Jail Caught After Pursuit Across Three Counties
Jeremy Mask, 25, escaped from the jail Thursday afternoon.
A man who escaped from the Black Hawk County Jail Thursday and led authorities on a pursuit across three counties is back in custody today.
Jeremy Mask, 25, was apprehended just before 9:30 a.m. this morning, the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reported.
The Courier said law enforcement agents pursued Mask through Benton, Black Hawk and Tama counties, following a trail of stolen vehicles, before catching up to him on Holmes Road south of La Porte City.
The chase reached speeds upwards of 120 miles per hour. Attempts to lay out spikes to pop his tires were ineffective.
At least once, Mask attempted to hit parked police cars creating a barricade.
The Black Hawk County Sheriff's Deparment posted a photo of Mask, with "CAPTURED" stamped across the image, on the department's Facebook page.
A press release from the department said more details would be available after a press conference.
Mask reportedly escaped the jail yesterday through a fire tower. Two different contractors were working on upgrading the jail's security systems at the time, Sheriff Tony Thompson said Thursday.
Mask has had a series of run-ins with the law for drugs, robbery and burglary, and had also previously escaped a drug treatment facility.
Mask escaped that facility in April and then was arrested in connection with a robbery at a local drug store, and in 2010 had a prescription drug arrest and also a burglary conviction for breaking into a home and stealing prescription drugs, according to the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier.