Placer County sheriff’s deputies captured a female inmate who they said escaped California Highway Patrol officers during a roadside work outing by jumping into the American River.
Cortney Marie Halley, 21, escaped Friday about 1:30 p.m. while on the work crew near the Foresthill Bridge, said Dena Erwin, public information officer for the Sheriff’s Office.
She ran into the canyon, across Highway 49 and in front of a CHP officer’s vehicle before jumping into the river, where the officer lost sight of her.
Less than an hour later, she was discovered and recaptured while lying on the riverbank in only her undergarments, Erwin said.
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Halley had been sentenced on multiple charges in June, including DUI, controlled-substance possession, bringing controlled substances into a jail, receiving stolen property and resisting arrest.
She was scheduled to be released in February 2017. She was arrested on suspicion of felony escape, and her bail is set at $500,000.