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Inmate Chancey Colwell Escapes From Teller County Jail Days After Being Sentenced To Prison

DIVIDE, Colo. (CBS4) - An inmate escaped from the Teller county Jail in Divide early Friday morning. Chancey Colwell spent the past two months as an inmate worker and escaped while he was performing his duties.

Chauncey Colwell
Chauncey Colwell (credit: Teller County)

He was sentenced to 34 years in prison on Monday.

In November he was arrested after officers say he led them on a chase through Teller County while firing shots at officers. He crashed at Skaguay Reservoir but was found in a remote cabin the next day after someone noticed smoke from its chimney.

At that time, Colwell was wanted in Fremont County on a number of charges including assault.

The Teller County Sheriff's office said Friday that there was no need to shelter in place but to expect a heavy law enforcement presence.

The FBI is assisting with the investigation.

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