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Uniontown woman jailed after escape

| Thursday, March 24, 2011

A Uniontown woman was jailed after she escaped from a constable who let her step outside to smoke a cigarette before her arraignment on traffic violations.

At about 12:45 p.m. March 21, Jessica Marie Lowry, 24, of 24 Kerr St., Apt. A, was taken to District Judge Ronald Haggerty Jr.'s office in Connellsville by state Constable Albert "Rocky" Younkin on warrants.

Younkin said he typically allows people in custody to make phone calls or to smoke.

Lowry smoked half a cigarette outside the office, returned to make another phone call and then asked if she could go outside and finish her cigarette, he said.

"In about four minutes, I turned around, and she was gone," said Younkin, who believes that a vehicle picked her up and drove her away, because he searched the area. The search continued in Uniontown for two and a half hours until Lowry was caught along Bethelboro Road.

Lowry was returned to Haggerty's office and was charged with escaping. She was sentenced to the Fayette County Prison in lieu of $5,000 bond and faces a preliminary hearing March 31.

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