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Dramatic video shows suspect escaping Highland County court

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Posted at 2:20 PM, Sep 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-24 14:24:16-04

HILLSBORO, Ohio — A dramatic security recording from inside the Highland County Common Pleas Court shows an inmate fleeing his own sentencing hearing on foot, evading deputies in the process, on Tuesday morning.

According to court records, 34-year-old Nickolaus Kyle Garrison had in August pleaded guilty to a charge of aggravated possession of methamphetamine. He appeared in court Tuesday to receive a sentence of six months from Judge Rocky Coss.

The Highland County Press reported Garrison ran when deputies attempted to take him back into custody after his sentencing.

The video released by the county shows Garrison running from the courtroom and out into a hallway, pursued by deputies and a court bailiff. As he runs downstairs, the bailiff attempts to jump over the banister and grab him; the bailiff falls, sliding down the stairs on his back, and Garrison escapes.

The Highland County Press reported Thursday that Garrison remained at large. He stands six feet tall, has blue hair and was last seen (in the video) wearing black pants with a blue shirt.

Anyone who sees him should call the Highland County Sheriff’s Office at 937-393-1421.