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Benewah jail escapees arrested near Worley

After escaping just after midnight, two Benewah County jail inmates were arrested following a multi-departmental search near Worley, Idaho.

The Benewah County Sheriff’s Department sent out an alert early this morning after jailers learned that 40-year-old Todd E. Miller and Tyler J. Walton, 20, were missing from the jail and considered escapees, Kootenai County Sheriff’s Lt. Lisa Carrington said in a news release.

At 3:17 a.m., a Coeur d’Alene Tribal Police officer approached a vehicle at the Smoke Shop in Worley and saw one man run from the car, which was later determined to be stolen from St. Maries.

Inside the car, the tribal officer found a discarded pair of orange pants from the Benewah County jail.

Upon learning this, Kootenai County deputies, Idaho State Police and the Spokane County Sheriff’s helicopter Air One deployed a perimeter around the area to search for Miller and Walton.

At 6:33 a.m., deputies found Miller and he was arrested without incident. At 7:34 a.m., Walton was seen running along nearby railroad tracks.

A short time later, tribal officers found Walton hiding in some roadside brush, Carrington said, and he was taken into custody without incident.

Both men were transported to the Kootenai County Public Safety building and booked into jail on the charge of escape.