An inmate escaped from Mayes County Jail Monday and schools were put on lockdown.
Laurin Justine Lemley was present at district court arraignments Monday with Judge Rebecca Gore. She faced an application to accelerate sentencing on a 2010 charge. The orignal charges were filed by the Salina Police Department including possession of a controlled dangerous substance without prescription, driving under suspension and possession of paraphernalia.
Gore also presented Lemley with a a failure to pay and the failure to complete the ordered community service. Gore had sentenced Lemley to serve 30 days in the county jail or complete 120 hours of community service. Lemley, crying, said she understood that she would remain in custody of the jail.
“While walking with the deputy from the courthouse back to the jail, Lemley slipped out of her handcuffs and took off running north,” said Mitch Goodman, Mayes County Jail assistant administrator. “She is very small, 5-foot four and roughly 115 pounds, so she was able to slip out of her cuffs.”
Goodman said the deputy had six other inmates in his supervision and could not pursue Lemley, he could only radio for assistance.
Capt. Rod Howell of the sheriff's office said the jailer followed protocol and did a good job in remaining with the other five inmates who are considered a higher threat.
“She turned her 30 days in jail into up to seven years in jail,” said Deputy Cevin Smallwood.
Mayes County Sheriff's Office and Pryor Police Department dispatched units to search for Lemley.
Pryor Public School Resource Officer Jeremy Cantrell called Pryor School Superintendent Don Raleigh to advise that Pryor Junior High, Jefferson Elementary School and Roosevelt Elementary School be placed on external lockdown.
“Which means the outside doors are locked and we restrict movement between buildings,” said Raleigh. “An officer was stationed at each school and we were advised that they believed it was safe to go ahead and release students from school.”
Cantrell told Raleigh the inmate is considered non-violent and does not pose a danger to the community.
“I'm so glad we were able to get information quickly and work alongside the officers. They handled it very well and we had no problems concluding our school day,” said Raleigh.
“Lemley is a 28-year old, white female from Tulsa. As far as we have been able to find she has no connections in Pryor or the surrounding area,” said Howell.
“We did set up a perimeter. We went through houses north and west of the jail,” said Howell. “We have no reason to believe she is dangerous.”
Howell said that Sheriff Mike Reed decided to pull ground units from the search to focus their attention on other pending cases but that a “be on the look out” is still in effect.
While the search was technically called off around 3:30 p.m. some units from the Pryor Police Department will continue to patrol the area.