Prisoner back in custody after fleeing court hearing in Bensalem

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February 26, 2014 3:53:13 PM PST
A prisoner who bolted out of a district court building while awaiting a hearing in Bensalem is back in police custody.

Police say 23-year-old Ishmael Burke of Junewood Drive in Levittown, Pa. was handcuffed and awaiting a hearing on several outstanding warrants when he suddenly ran out of the building and into some nearby woods.

It happened at 10:15 a.m. Wednesday at the district court building in the 2400 block of Byberry Road.

Police quickly surrounded the area and brought in a K-9 unit to search for Burke.

Nearby Bensalem High School was placed into "Inspector Mode," and all outside access doors to the school were locked.

Police found Burke about 45 minutes later hiding in a wooded area off Galloway Road. He was taken back into custody without incident.

The high school returned to normal status. No one was injured.

Bensalem Police tell Action News Burke had been arrested earlier Wednesday in Levittown and was brought to court to answer for a number of outstanding traffic violations.

He now faces criminal charges for escape and related offenses and is being held on $125,000 bail.


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