By Kelly Young

A Jacksonville man facing only four more days in jail will likely now spend much longer in confinement after choosing to escape from the Jacksonville Police Department building.

An arrest warrant for escape from a correctional facility has been filed for the capture of Jeremy M. Jones, a 20-year-old who was initially arrested for two unpaid traffic tickets.

“Mr. Jones was arrested on traffic warrants, was booked into the jail and was given trustee status. Trustees are minor and first-time offenders who are allowed to work around the police station sweeping floors and cleaning out trash cans,” said Detective Jason Price. “If you choose to sit-out a ticket, then you would normally get a $100 credit per day just sitting in jail. By actually getting out and working, trustees can earn $125 a day.”

According to Price, Jones was last seen exiting the back door of the jail at 5:45 p.m. on Wednesday. He was dressed in a black and white striped jail uniform at the time of his escape.

“We haven’t located him yet. We have been in contact with his family members and they do appear to be cooperating with us to find him, but they haven’t heard from him,” he said.

The charge of escape from a correctional facility is a third-degree felony, punishable by up to 10 years in prison and/or a $10,000 fine.

Anyone with information regarding Jones’ whereabouts can contact JPD at 903-586-2546 or the local chapter of Crime Stoppers at 903-586-7867.

“I spoke to him and he seemed like he was squared away. He only had two tickets — one for speeding and one for no driver’s license — he would have been here until Saturday or Sunday and then been released,” Price said. “But he made a bad decision, and is now in a lot more trouble.”

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