Escape Attempt

Two women are in custody in Chippewa County for a brazen escape attempt on Tuesday. They're accused of trying to help a twin cities man who had just appeared in Chippewa County Court.

The Sheriff's Department says 19-year-old Michael L. Vang of Brooklyn Park Minnesota had been attending a preliminary hearing on drug charges, and was being escorted back across the courthouse parking lot to the jail next door, when he jumped into a car that pulled up alongside Vang and the jailer.

The Sheriff's Department says the jailer then jumped into the car and pulled Vang back out.

The jailer was not armed at the time of the incident because they don't carry their weapon when escorting an inmate alone.

The two women in the car were arrested, but a third woman seen inside the courthouse just before the attempted escape is still at large.

The Chippewa Falls Police Department is handling the investigation.