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Search for two time escapee Christian Wheeler now in sixth day

Warrants for fugitive were issued from Adair District Court by County Attorney Jennifer Hutchison-Corbin and Trial Commissioner Gail Williams at 2:00 a.m. Sunday a very few minutes after the incident occurred.. Three new felony charges on warrant; bail set at $100,000 cash, considered nearly impossible to make
Photo of Christian Wheeler with this article
By Ed Waggener
It's now been over five days since Christian Wheeler escaped custody while on a medical visit to Westlake Regional Hospital, and there's still no word of him or of the Green 1995 Jeep Cherokee belonging to his guard, Deputy Jailer Rachel Moore, in which he escaped.

That incident occurred at 2:00 a.m., Sunday, April 23, 2006.

There are three new charges against him on the warrant prepared by Adair County Attorney Jennifer Hutchison-Corbin early Sunday morning, a very few minutes after the incident occurred. A photo of the escapee has been received from the Adair County Regional Jail.

Officer Joshua Brockman directing hunt

Columbia Police OfficerJoshua Brockman heads the investigation and is in charge of the case. He's taking training this week. Sgt. Jason Cross of the Columbia Police Department said that Chief Mark Harris is working the case while Brockman away this week, and that the Chief has been getting bits of information, but nothing of any significance at this time.

Three new felony charges

The warrant County Attorney Hutchison-Corbin lists three new charges against Christian Wheeler:
  1. Escape in the first degree

  2. Theft by unlawful taking over $300 (the Jeep Cherokee)

  3. Assault 3rd degree
All three are felony counts, Ms. Hutchison-Corbin said.

The warrant signed by Trial Commissioner Gail Williams for District Judge Elliott lists bail at $100,000, cash. Officer Josh Brockman signed the warrant as affiant.

The warrant narrative says Wheeler "escaped from custody of the Deputy Jailer Rachel Moore while at Westlake Hospital and assaulted said deputy by pushing her against the wall and fleeing the hospital. Further, the defendant has taken the keys from the deputy jailer's personal vehicle being a 1995 Jeep Cherokee Tag KY JV 429 committing the offense of unlawful taking over $300.00 (value of vehicle over $300).

Ms. Hutchison came to courthouse in early a.m. to speed warrant into National Crime Information Center

Ms. Hutchison-Corbin said she came to her office in the courthouse in the early hours of the morning, after she had first heard of the escape, because she wanted to get everything into the NCIC, the National Crime Information Center, as soon as possible.

Other information known about Christian Wheeler

Christian Wheeler had escaped custody once before. He escaped in downtown Columbia on the morning of February 15, 2006, but was recaptured the same day in the Knifley area.Indictments added after that escapade raised the total charges he faced to over 50.

Christian Wheeler is Campbellsville, KY nativeWheeler was born in Campbellsville, KY, on September 1, 1974.

He was living at 8601 Knifley Road at the time of his earlier arrest.

He had once lived in Columbia, KY, on Taylor Street behind the Kentucky State Police Post. He is now single, but was married at the time he lived on Taylor Street.

No other information has been released by the Columbia Police Department or any other law enforcement or judicial entity at this time.

When he escaped April 22, 2006, Christian Wheeler had been incarcerated since February 15, 2006, at 9:33 p.m., after being arrested by the Adair County Sheriff's Office 27 minutes earlier. He had been in jail a total of 66 days.
Anyone with information about Christian N. Wheeler should contact the Columbia City Police, City Hall, Campbellsville ST, Columbia, KY 42728. Telephone 270-384-4119; or contact any law enforcement agency.

This story was posted on 2006-04-27 18:33:48
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Christian N. Wheeler: Fugitive search now in sixth day

2006-04-27 - Adair County Regional Jail, Columbia, KY - Photo Adair County Regional Jail. He didn't say cheese, smile, or open his eyes when this intake photograph was taken. Christian N. "Chris" Wheeler is wanted on an Adair County Warrant on three felony counts growing out of his escape early Sunday morning, at 2:00 a.m., April 16, 2006. He is described as follows: 31 years of age, white male 5'6" tall, weighs approximately 156 pounds, has brown hair, and blue eyes. Anyone with information as to his whereabouts or the whereabouts of the Jeep Cherokee in which he escaped are asked to call Columbia City Police, 270-384-4119. Officer Josh Brockman is investigating the case.
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