Man charged with attempting to escape Johnson County jail

BY MATT STARNS | AUGUST 20, 2012 6:30 AM

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A Wapello, Iowa, man has been accused of trying to escape from police custody.

Shawn Tipps, 20, was charged Aug. 16 with escape or absence from custody.

According to an Iowa City police complaint, Tipps allegedly told officers he had to vomit. The patrol car door was opened, according to the report, and Tipps told police officials, “I can’t puke sitting down.”

The complaint said Tipps was then allowed to stand with assistance. He told the officer supporting him, “I can’t puke with you hanging onto me,” the complaint said. Tipps was allowed to stand unassisted, the complaint said, and he stood bent over for a moment, then began to run away from officers. Tipps was recaptured in front of the Sheriff’s Office.

Escape or absence from custody is a serious misdemeanor.

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