Mercer County Sheriff Steve Stockman says the inmate who forced his way past a jailer and escaped from jail late Sunday afternoon is suspected of stealing a car that eventually wrecked in southern Iowa. The inmate is 22 year old Tyler Hinshaw of Mercer. Stockman said Hinshaw had been held in the Mercer County Jail for the past six months.
After leaving the jail, Stockman said Hinshaw is suspected of stealing a 2007 Grand Prix (pree) from 136 Auto Service at Princeton. Hinshaw, according to Stockman, showed up at his brother's home in Leon, Iowa. When Decatur County sheriff's officers were called, Hinshaw fled in the car; was pursued by officers,
wrecked the car; then he and an unknown female reportedly fled into the woods during rainy weather conditions last night.
Hinshaw had been in custody for parole violations and burglary charges. Sheriff Stockman said additional charges pending against Hinshaw include assault of a law enforcement guard, breaking into a business garage to get keys and theft of a car, and escape from custody. Stockman characterized Hinshaw as not a dangerous person. Anyone with information about the whereabouts of Tyler R. Hinshaw may contact the Mercer County Sheriff's Department. (660) 748-3165