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Report: Former Oregon TE Colt Lyerla Escaped From County Jail

A warrant has been issued for Colt Lyerla after he escaped from jail.

This isn't a story you hear every day. Former Oregon tight end Colt Lyerla reportedly escaped from Washington County custody and now has a warrant out for his arrest.

According to The Oregonian, Lyerla had been at the Washington County Community Correction Center serving out a 6-month for drug possession. Prison officials heard an alarm go off from the dorm Lyerla was in.

From the report:

County workers found an open window and an escape in progress. All residents were counted except Lyerla.

The dorm is on the first floor of the building, said Steve Berger, director of the Community Corrections Department. Lyerla will not be allowed back to the community correction center or alternative forms of custody because of his escape, Berger said.

Lyerla was arrested twice this year on drug and forgery charges after the former Oregon player was arrested while trying to pass counterfeit $50 bills and was allegedly carrying heroin.

The high school standout earned a starting role on the 2012 Oregon football team and racked up nearly 400 receiving yards. He went undrafted in the 2014 NFL Draft, but got scooped up by the Green Bay Packers as a free agent. Injuries ended his NFL career, and he later pursued a run at the Arena Football League.


UPDATE: Lyerla has reportedly been found, according to Oregon Live.

Lt. Henry Reimann, Hillsboro police spokesman, said officers encountered Lyerla at 1707 N.E. Parkside Drive after someone called about a man overdosing on drugs. He said he did not know exactly what time the incident took place.

Reimann said Lyerla attempted to flee, but he was apprehended and taken to the hospital for treatment. He will be booked into the Washington County jail after his release from the hospital, Reimann said.

Perhaps this will be the conclusion of a sad story.