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He's gone again. Christian Wheeler takes keys, deputy jailer's Jeep.

The Columbia Police Department is searching for Knifley area man whose second escape is building a folk legend in the community. Christian Wheeler had been taken to Westlake Regional Hospital, Sunday, for medical treatment. He had been in Adair County Regional Jail facing more than 50 charges in Adair Circuit Court; now he may have added more. Columbia Police Officer Josh Brockman, assisted by Officer Gary Roy, are heading the CPD search effort
Links to other ColumbiaMagazine.com and Outside World Christian Wheeler stories below
By Ed Waggener

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Christian Wheeler has escaped again.

It occurred early Sunday afternoon, April 23, 2006, while he was at Westlake Regional Hospital in Columbia, KY, for treatment

At last report, Christian Wheeler is still at large. Columbia Police Officers Josh Brockman, assisted by Officer Gary Roy, are investigating the escape.

Latest escapade after being in custody for just 71 days

Sunday's breakaway was the second time Christian has escaped custody, this time after being in jail for 71 days.

On February 20, Wheeler had led officers on a wild chase when he escaped from the Adair County Courthouse during a court appearance.

That time, his freedom was fairly short lived. He eluded the law then for only about two and one-half hours, but during that time, he had been able to take a vehicle, travel to a point 13 miles from Columbia on Crooked Creek. on the way he is alleged to have committed more burglaries on the way.

The clever, colorful Wheeler is building the stuff of ballads and country music. Already, his unexpected, audacious moves are reminding some here of the exploits of the late Marshall Simpson, who could break in and out of the old Adair County Jail as though he were a guest at a Holiday Inn.

Columbia PD gives details of the Sunday, April 23, 2006, escape

Christian Wheeler was being held in the Adair County Regional Jail awaiting trial in Adair Circuit Court on over 50 charges.

The Columbia Police Department responded to Westlake Cumberland Hospital in Columbia at 1:16 p.m., Sunday, April 22, 2006, and learned details of the escape.

At the time of his escape, Wheeler was an inmate in the Adair County Regional Jail awaiting trial on over 50 charges.
He was in the custody of Deputy Jailer Rachel Moore, who had transported Christian Wheeler to Westlake for medical treatment.

Columbia Police say Wheeler had apparently stolen the keys from Deputy Jailer Moore's purse, then pushed the Deputy and made his escape.

The police are looking for a 31 year old, 5' 6" tall, male who weighs 155 pounds. Christian Wheeler has blue eyes and brown hair.

The direction of his travel is not known. The vehicle is a 1995 Green Jeep Cherokee bearing Kentucky farm tag JV 429.

Anyone who has information about Christian Wheeler's whereabouts is encouraged to call the Columbia Police Department at 270-384-4119 or your local law enforcement agency.
Basic story information courtesy Sgt. Jason Cross.
Columbia Police Department. City Hall, Campbellsville ST, Columbia, KY. Mark Harris, Chief; Major Terry Flatt, Assistant Chief. Phone 270-384-3799.See Related Stories on Christian Wheeler's recent activities:
To read "Sheriff's Office arrest Knifley Man on Burglary Charges Click Here
Other ColumbiaMagazine.com Christian Wheeler links:

To read "Wild Chase" the story of Christian Wheeler's February 11, 2006, escapade, Click Here
Outside world links to Christian Wheeler stories:

Added links from the outside world on the Christian Wheeler story:Lexington Channel 18 has picked up the Christian Wheeler story. To read it, Click Here

The story is also carried by WHAS.11. But it is a (free) subscription story. To start the access to the story, Click Here


This story was posted on 2006-04-24 06:07:12
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