Escaped work-release inmate in custody


A work-release inmate at Moffat County Jail is back in custody after failing to report to the jail after work Saturday, the jail administrator said Tuesday.

Steven Mark Tamlin, 39, of Craig, was supposed to report back to the jail from work Saturday, jail administrator Lt. Dean Herndon said, but he didn't show up.

Craig police arrested Tamlin in a ditch after a short foot chase Sunday morning, police spokesman Lt. John Forgay said.

Herndon said no charges have been filed against Tamlin for escaping. Charges could be filed by the end of the week, he said.

A judge sentenced Tamlin to one year of work release in November on charges of violating a restraining order.

Tamlin was working at the Craig Station Power Plant when he failed to return, Herndon said.

Herndon said Tamlin has been participating in a treatment program for methamphetamine use at the jail.

Herndon declined to comment on whether Tamlin had been using drugs or alcohol while he was out of jail.

An inmate failed to report back for work release in September as well. Paul Mendoza, 39, of Craig, was found a week later in Baggs, Wyo.

A judge sentenced Mendoza to one year in the Colorado Department of Corrections for escaping.

An inmate working as a trustee outside the jail walked away from authorities in November as well.

That inmate, Garrick Hafen, 35, was arrested last week near Denver and is back in Moffat County Jail.

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