Search underway in Polk County for escaped jail inmate

Daniel Falls. Photo Source: Polk County Jail
Daniel Falls. Photo Source: Polk County Jail

POLK CO., TX (KTRE) - Polk County sheriff's deputies are using dogs provided by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice to search for an inmate who escaped through an open back door of the jail shortly after midnight.

Daniel Lee Falls, 26, was on work detail cleaning kitchen floors inside the county jail when he slipped past the deputy on duty and left the jail through an open back door.  "He's subject to do anything," Chief Deputy Byron Lyons said.  "Lock your doors and use extreme caution if you see Falls."

Investigators believe Falls has shed his orange jail jumpsuit and is now wearing black shorts, white tennis shoes and a dark colored T-shirt.  He was spotted running into a wooded area east of the Polk County Sheriff's office.  That's where deputies are now searching for the escaped county inmate.

Falls was originally in jail on drug charges.  He bonded out of jail, however, his bail company dropped him after he broke bond and he was rearrested.  The escape occurred about 12:30 a.m.

At around 8:45 a.m., officers with the Department of Public Safety, sheriff's office and constable's office were searching a wooded area on Old Woodville Road, which is off of U.S. 190, and checking every vehicle that passed through there.

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