Madison County corrections officers thwart inmate's attempt to escape from jail

WAMPSVILLE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) - Officers from the Madison County Correctional Facility are credited with the quick discovery of what was an escape attempt early Sunday afternoon.

According to the Madison County Sheriff’s Office, 44-year-old Michael Hernandez tried to go through the ceiling of his cell in an attempt to escape the facility.

He was found by corrections officers before he was able to make it out of his cell-- his legs were dangling from the ceiling overhead. 
Hernandez was arrested last week for driving while under the influence of drugs. A family member was taking him to a rehab facility when he got out of the car. As the family member was calling 911, Hernandez choked them and took the cell phone that was used in the call, according to the Sheriff’s Office.
He was taken to the Madison County Jail on $300 cash bail.
Hernandez posted bail, but was later arrested on Saturday because the credit card he used to post bail was reported as stolen. 

He attempted to escape the day after his arrest. 

Acting Sheriff John Ball stated that at no time was the public in any danger, nor did the facility’s inmate escape siren activate.  

“Mr. Hernandez never made it out of the confines of the secure facility, but the evidence that was discovered clearly showed his intentions were not to stay in jail.  The fact that our corrections officers were conducting their rounds and remaining vigilant, as they always do, ensured the safety of not only the facility, but the public as well.  I commend the officers and supervisors on duty Sunday afternoon that were involved with this incident, as their decisive actions absolutely and abruptly brought this very serious matter to safe resolution,” Ball said. 

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