Former Oregon tight end Colt Lyerla apprehended after escaping from jail

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Former Oregon tight end Colt Lyerla escapes from jail
Friday May 5th, 2017

Former Oregon tight end Colt Lyerla has been caught after escaping from a county jail, according to police

Lyerla climbed out of a first-floor window at the Washington County Community Corrections Center in Hillsboro, Ore., Thursday afternoon, authorities said. He apprehended in Hillsboro Friday afternoon. 

Lyerla was two months into a six-month sentence for forgery, heroin possession and driving under the influence.

Lyerla’s tenure at Oregon was turbulent, mark by success on the field but frequent trouble off the field. He was arrested for cocaine possession in October 2013 and subsequently left the Ducks team. He went undrafted in the 2014 NFL draft but signed as a free agent with the Packers. He was released after injuring his knee in training camp and had a brief run in the Arena Football League in 2015. 

Lyerla now faces a second-degree felony charge for escaping custody and will be ineligible to return to a minimum-security facility. 

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