Broken jail cell window prompts lockdown of Clark County Jail

CLARK COUNTY — Just after 9 p.m. on Sun., Feb. 12, corrections deputies at the Clark County Jail discovered an exterior cell window had been broken out at the main jail, located at 707 W. 13th St., in Vancouver.

According to a news release from the Clark County Sheriff’s Office, an investigation following the discovery of the broken window has determined that the window was broken as part of an escape attempt by inmate Brent Ward Luyster. The Clark County Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Unit is conducting the investigation and will forward the case report to the Clark County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.

The escape attempt was interrupted by an alert corrections deputy who was conducting a routine perimeter security check of the jail facility.

“The jail facility is currently in lockdown status,” said Undersheriff Mike Cooke. “The jail will remain in lockdown until we’ve had a chance to assess the security of the entire facility. We need to make sure this escape attempt was isolated to this one inmate and does not involve other inmates or other areas of the jail facility.”

After the broken window was first discovered on Sunday night, due to the possibility that weapons or contraband might have been introduced into the jail, the facility was placed into lockdown. Vancouver Police, Clark County Enforcement deputies and on-duty SWAT team members assisted corrections deputies with clearing the jail cell and the search for possible contraband.

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Joanna Nicole Yorke is a 2010 graduate of the Edward R. Murrow School of Communication at Washington State University in Pullman. She has a bachelor's degree in journalism with a minor in political science. Yorke is a Clark County native, growing up on her family's 12-acre farm in La Center where her family still resides today. She was previously a reporter at The Reflector Newspaper, covering the city of Battle Ground, the Battle Ground School District and a variety of other areas and topics.

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