Crime

Lexington police help find man who escaped deputy

A man being taken to Eastern State Hospital for a mental evaluation escaped from an Estill County sheriff's deputy while they were traveling on Interstate 75 Tuesday afternoon.

He kicked a back window out of the deputy's car as they were driving near the 114-mile marker in Fayette County at about 3:28 p.m., said Lt. Scott Blakely of the Lexington police.

The deputy pulled over and tried to keep the man, Charles Draggo, 45, from getting out of the vehicle, but Draggo fought back and got away.

Lexington police posted officers around the area and brought in dogs and its helicopter to search for Draggo, who Blakely said has a history of mental illness. A judge in Estill County had ordered an evaluation, and that prompted the trip to Eastern State.

Police dogs found Draggo in a brush pile in a field near I-75 and Newtown Pike at about 6 p.m.

He was to be taken to Eastern State Hospital by Lexington police, Blakely said.

Late Tuesday night, he was being held in the Fayette County Detention Center on charges of second-degree escape, third-degree assault and third-degree criminal mischief, according to the jail Web site.

Blakely said the Estill County sheriff's deputy was "slightly injured" as he tried to stop Draggo from escaping but the deputy will be fine.

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