UPDATE: Escaped Inmate Caught

An inmate who escaped from the Russell County Jail early Saturday morning was apprehended a few hours later near Dorrance.

According to the Russell County Sheriff’s Office, Jason A. Lesage (pictured) escaped at around 4 AM and allegedly stole a 2006 GMC pickup.

The pickup was found abandoned near Dorrance at around 7 AM.

Russell County Sheriff’s Deputies, Kansas Highway Patrol Troopers and KHP aircraft searched the area for another three hours until a local resident reported seeing Lesage.

A brief foot chase ensued until he was taken into custody without incident at about 10:20 AM.

Lesage was being held in the Russell County Jail on charges of probation violation and possession of marijuana.


ORIGINAL – Officials in Russell County continue to search for an inmate who escaped from the jail in Russell at approximately 4am on Saturday, March 11.

According to the Russell Co. Sheriff’s office, Jason A. Lesage (pictured) was last seen wearing a white t-shirt, white thermal underwear and no shoes.

He was last seen in Russell.

But the focus has now turned to the Dorrance area after a white 2006 GMC pickup was reported stolen in Russell and was located on southeast side of Dorrance around 7am.

Russell County Sheriff officers are currently searching the Dorrance area for Lesage. Wilson police officers are also searching in Wilson, too.

Officials are asking residents to lock all doors, vehicle doors and if you see him or know his location, immediately call 911.


Story by Mike McKenna  / KRSL Radio