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Story last updated at 4:47 PM on Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Man busts out of jail cell, caught

STAFF report

A man arrested last week for methamphetamine possession broke out of his jail cell the afternoon he was picked up and was almost out the back door when he gave himself up. David A. Shaw, 30, faces a felony charge of second-degree attempted escape as well as an original charge of fourth-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance.

According to a criminal complaint filed by Homer Police Officer Stacy Luck, a jail officer on duty at about 2:20 p.m. heard a door slam and saw on video Shaw running through the Homer Police Station booking room and out the back door. The jail officer told Shaw to stop and he did so. Although Shaw had opened the door, he didn't leave the building.

Police determined Shaw tore a metal strap off an electrical conduit in one sheetrock-covered wall and jimmied the cell lock. Three walls of the cell are concrete block and one wall is sheetrock. Police moved Shaw to another cell. Shaw also was charged with fourth-degree criminal mischief for allegedly damaging the cell.

Alaska State Troopers first contacted Shaw at about 8 a.m. Aug. 1 after he was found passed out and convulsing in his car parked at the Anchor River Inn at about 8 a.m. Anchor Point Emergency Medical Services took Shaw to South Peninsula Hospital for treatment. A blood test allegedly showed he had meth in his system. Troopers arrested him and took him to the jail after he was released from the hospital.