Woman recaptured after brief escape from jail in Beatrice

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BEATRICE, Neb. (AP)

Authorities say an inmate is facing another charge after a brief escape from the Gage County Detention Center in Beatrice.

The Gage County Sheriff’s Office says 35-year-old Melissa Klassen was being taken to her cell by a jailer a little before 3 p.m. Tuesday when she pushed the jailer and shut a door, trapping the officer. Then Klassen ran out of the building.

The jailer used a radio to report the escape, and deputies caught Klassen in the front yard of the Sheriff’s Office.

Authorities say she’ll face an escape charge in addition to the theft and drug charges that already have been filed against her. Her attorney didn’t immediately return a call Thursday from The Associated Press.