Prisoner escapes from St. Charles hospital

Wednesday, March 18, 2009 | 11:12 a.m. CDT

ST. LOUIS — An inmate complaining of chest pains made a daring escape from authorities from a hospital in St. Charles.

Lincoln County spokesman Andy Binder says 24-year-old David Rocklage was being transported to jail in Lincoln County when he complained of chest pains on Monday. He was taken to a St. Charles hospital to be checked out.

Binder says Rocklage was shackled at his hospital bed when his girlfriend caused a distraction in the hallway Tuesday night. When a corrections officer left the hospital room to talk to her, Rocklage ripped his shackles off the post, locked himself in the bathroom, and managed to escape.

He is still on the run.


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