Man who escaped from Mercer County Jail certified to Division One of circuit court

Drake Kately V2 Mugshot

A Kansas City man who reportedly escaped from the Mercer County Jail twice in August had several cases certified to Division One of Circuit Court this week.

Twenty-eight-year-old Drake Andrew Kately waived his right to a preliminary hearing, and no bond modification was requested or ordered.

Misdemeanor charges from two Mercer County cases were certified to Division One to be heard with felony cases: resisting arrest, detention, or stop; driving while revoked or suspended—second or third offense in one case, and owner-operated motor vehicle without maintaining financial responsibility—first offense.

An infraction in another case is also to be heard with felony cases: displayed or possessed motor vehicle or trailer plates of another person.

Kately has been charged with the felonies of first-degree assault or attempt, unlawful possession of a firearm in one case, escape or attempted escape from custody while under arrest for a felony in another case, an escape or attempted escape from custody while under arrest for a felony and damage to jail or jail property in one other case.

No bond is allowed on the most recent escape from custody charge and the damage to jail charge. Bonds on the other charges total $100,000.

Kately is scheduled for arraignment in Mercer County on March 11th at 9 am.