Juvenile runs away twice from youth camp
A 17-year-old male was caught after escaping from the China Spring Youth Camp for the second time yesterday, eluding officers for three hours.
The first escape was made at 11:15 a.m., but the juvenile offender was caught by China Spring officials.
At 12:50 p.m. the same male escaped again, causing China Spring personnel, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office deputies and a Douglas County Search and Rescue team to engage in a 3-hour chase.
Dangerous conditions caused by high water levels this time of year made it necessary to send a Search and Rescue team in case the escapee jumped into the water, said DCSO Sgt. Lance Modispacher.
The escapee jumped into the Carson River three times before making it across successfully 2-1/2 hours into the pursuit.
Soon after crossing the river, the suspect appeared tired and began heading back toward the river.
“We call him an escapee, but it’s more of a walkout than anything else,” Modispacher said.
China Spring does not have a fenced area and juveniles are trusted to stay at the facility. Despite the honor code, one or two youths try to escape each year, Modispacher said.
He said the youth will be put back in custody before appearing in District Court where his punishment will be determined.