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Golconda, IL man wanted on escape charges back in police custody

Matthew C. Werner (Source: McCracken County Sheriff's Department) Matthew C. Werner (Source: McCracken County Sheriff's Department)
(Source: McCracken County Sheriff's Department) (Source: McCracken County Sheriff's Department)

An Illinois man who had been wanted on escape charges since early last month is now back in police custody.

The Pope County Illinois Sheriff’s Office contacted the McCracken Sheriff’s Department on Tuesday, September 6 with information that a man wanted by police may possibly be at Barkley Regional Airport to return a rental vehicle.

The wanted man was identified as being Matthew C. Werner, 27, from Golconda, Illinois. He had just received an eight year prison sentence for residential burglary and received a short furlough, but never returned.

At around 4 p.m. Monday, an airport security police officer at Barkley Regional Airport attempted to detain the wanted man while at the airport after Werner arrived there. Werner assaulted the officer during a scuffle and attempted to take the officer's handgun.

He then was able to flee from the area in a silver Pontiac Grand Prix. Deputies were dispatched to the area. Sheriff’s Deputy Brock Martin found the vehicle traveling eastbound on Lightfoot Road just a few minutes later. The suspect fled onto Mayfield Metropolis Road, and then over and onto US Hwy 62.

The suspect then fled outbound on Blandville Road to the Fisher Road intersection. He then pulled into a gravel lot at this intersection where his vehicle was blocked in by three sheriff’s department vehicles. The suspect rammed Sgt. David Shepherds police cruiser attempted to get away, but was then blocked in by another deputy.

As the suspect was getting out of the vehicle, he began swinging at the deputies and a struggle ensued in the gravel parking lot before he was handcuffed and taken into custody.

The three deputies received only minor injuries and none required medical attention.

In a car seat inside the suspect's vehicle, deputies found a three-month-old female infant. The infant was not injured, but was taken to Lourdes hospital to be checked and kept until family were notified. There was no family in the immediate area. The Kentucky Department of Families and Children were also notified.

It was later determined that Werner was the father of the infant.

An open container of alcohol was found inside the vehicle, as well as methamphetamine on Werner himself.

Werner was arrested on the following charges:

  • Fugitive from Justice for Escape
  • Assault 3rd Degree on a Police Officer (Airport Police Officer)
  • Attempting to Disarm a Police Officer (Airport Police Officer)
  • Two Counts of Fleeing or Evading 1st Degree
  • Wanton Endangerment 1st Degree for infant in vehicle
  • DUI
  • Reckless Driving
  • Assault 3rd Degree two counts on deputy sheriff’s Martin and Croft
  • Wanton Endangerment 1st Degree for Sgt. Shepherd
  • Possession of a 1st Degree Controlled Substance (Methamphetamine)

Authorities say the investigation remains ongoing.

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