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Bodycam footage shows capture of escaped Wood County inmate

Eldredge had escaped while receiving care at Wood County Hospital on April 9. He was on the run for nearly two weeks before he was re-captured in Michigan.

MONROE COUNTY, Mich — An escaped Wood County prisoner on the run since April 9 was captured Friday in Michigan.

Christopher Eldredge was found along North Dixie Highway near Frenchtown Township in Michigan by a Monroe County Sheriff’s Deputy at around 3 a.m. 

According to Monroe County Sheriff Troy Goodnough, Deputy Bilal Bazzi was patrolling around the area of North Dixie Highway and I-75 when he conducted a traffic stop on a U-Haul. 

He discovered Eldredge driving the vehicle, who was taken into custody without incident.

Eldredge was placed in Monroe County Jail awaiting extradition to Ohio on escape charges. The Monroe County Sheriff’s office is also investigating Eldredge for his involvement in crimes committed in Monroe County.

A Wood County Grand Jury indicted Eldredge on charges of escape, robbery, theft and receiving stolen property Thursday, even as he remained on the run.

According to Wood County Sheriff Mark Wasylyshyn, Eldredge was originally incarcerated at the Wood County Jail on April 9. He was taken to the Wood County Hospital for treatment, where he escaped and fled the scene on foot before stealing a car in the Bowling Green area.

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