Comal County Jail inmate accused of stealing van, escaping during drug rehab
A Comal County Jail inmate was back in custody Wednesday afternoon after allegedly stealing a government van to escape.
Christopher Boyd Sanders, 40, is now facing charges of escape and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, according to the Comal County Sheriff’s Office.
Authorities said they were notified at 3 p.m. of Sanders’ alleged theft of an adult probation van and escape from drug rehabilitation court at an off-site facility. Authorities did not say where the facility is located.
Deputies broadcast information about Sanders to other agencies and began researching the places he may go.
Area law enforcement agencies joined the search and found the stolen van empty on the stretch of FM 2252 between Old Nacogdoches Road and Interstate 35, deputies said.
The area is about 11 miles southwest of New Braunfels.
The Sheriff’s Office deployed a drone to search the area with help from a DPS aircraft and a San Antonio Police helicopter.
Sanders was found in a field moments later at 4 p.m. and taken into custody without incident, authorities said.
According to county records, Sanders was initially arrested on Jan. 17 and charged with four counts of forgery of a financial instrument, one count of theft of property, one for violation of bond or protective order two or more times within 12 months, and one count of stalking.
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