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DOC Inmate Suffers Frostbite in Sub-Zero Escape

            An escapee from the Chain O’ Lakes Department of Corrections facility near Albion suffered frostbite, and faces years more in prison, after walking away from the facility in sub-zero weather late Friday night.

            Richard E. Dietel, 48, of Fort Wayne, was caught in Avilla, according to the Avilla Police Department. He apparently fled the minimum security DOC facility, located in Chain O’ Lakes State Park, at about 11:30 p.m., and walked all the way to Avilla -- more than five miles away. While he was out the temperature dipped to about five degrees below zero.

            Dietel was believed to be making his way to Huntertown, with the eventually goal of reaching his girlfriend’s home in Fort Wayne. However, Dietel turned the wrong way once he reached Avilla: Huntertown is south of there, but he was walking north when located at about 2:20 a.m.

            Already on the lookout for the escapee, Avilla Town Marshal Glen Wills noticed a male in the 100 block of North Main Street, dressed too lightly for the weather conditions, and took him into custody without incident.

            Dietel was taken to Parkview Noble Hospital in Kendallville for treatment of frostbite. Afterward police took him to the Noble County Jail, where he was held pending transport to a more secure DOC facility. Dietel, who reportedly could have been eligible for release sometime early next year, now faces an additional five years on a Class C felony Escape charge. He was originally serving time on an Habitual Traffic Violator conviction.

            The Noble County Sheriff’s Department, Indiana State Police, Albion Police,  and Avilla Police assisted DOC personnel with the search and investigation.


( 6 comments — Leave a comment )
Jan. 23rd, 2011 02:06 pm (UTC)
Kinda hard to make a booty call with all your bits frozen off. Also? He's stupid.
Jan. 24th, 2011 09:15 am (UTC)
Yeah, that "he's stupid" part kinda jumps right out at you, doesn't it? :->
Jan. 25th, 2011 12:59 am (UTC)
He clearly wasn't jailed for his intelligence.
Jan. 26th, 2011 06:29 am (UTC)
Sure ... of course, most of them aren't!

Edited at 2011-01-26 06:29 am (UTC)
Feb. 23rd, 2011 11:37 pm (UTC)
Definite moron, that one, but crooks often are. Unless they get elected.

-William Kendall
Feb. 24th, 2011 10:40 pm (UTC)
Yes, most of the smart crooks I know of send me campaign ads every 2-6 years.
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