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Search continues for county jail escapee
Polk County Enterprise
BY VALERIE REDDELL
LIVINGSTON — Daniel Lee Falls, 26, was working in the kitchen area of the Polk County jail just after midnight Sunday when a jailer supervising him was distracted by another inmate. Fails ran through an exterior kitchen door and away from the facility, according to Sheriff Kenneth Hammack. He remained at large as of Tuesday night. Hammack said Falls and another inmate were pressure washing the kitchen late Saturday night. During that task the pressure washer is positioned just outside the kitchen door to prevent carbon monoxide gas from accumulating in the building. The second unnamed inmate briefly distracted the jailer and Falls ran out the door. Due to the ongoing construction at the jail, the perimeter fencing has been removed, allowing the inmate to leave the property more easily. He fled to Mimosa St. in Livingston and knocked on the door of an acquaintance. A woman at that residence opened the door and Falls ran inside, according to Chief Deputy Byron Lyons. Falls changed into clothing he had with him, took a cell phone belonging to the residents and left the residence. Lyons said cell service to the phone has been terminated by the owner. Falls was last seen wearing black or navy blue boxer style shorts, a dark shirt and white tennis shoes. He fled into the woods at the east end of Mimosa. Scent tracking dogs from the Texas Department of Criminal Justice alerted a possible trail near Old Woodville Road and Jefferson St. and a multiagency search team combed that area of Livingston throughout the night and all day Monday. Hammack said IAH Adult Detention Center provided 51 personnel who supplemented staff from the Polk County Sheriff’s Office, Livingston Police Department, Texas Ranger, Highway Patrol and TDCJ and aircraft from the Texas Department of Public Safety. Lyons urges area residents to remain alert for suspicious activity or persons and report it to PCSO at 926-327-6810. “We will get him back,” Lyons said.