Charges filed against 2 jail escapees and 3 others who helped them

Five men are facing felony charges in connection to the escape of two Yellowstone County Detention Facility inmates and their attempted flight from authorities.

Cops surround the car carrying two escaped YCDF inmates Monday afternoon near MetraPark. 

Jesse Ross, for the Gazette

Cody Joseph Vernon Flesch and Quincy Dean Pfister were charged Monday with escaping from custody and criminal mischief, both felonies. The two were arrested that same day by Billings Police officers after a vehicle chase that ended near MetraPark. Both have ongoing cases in Yellowstone County District Court, with Flesch alleged to have attempted escaping the jail two other times over the past year.

“This was an oversight on our part, this was on us, but it was not due to a lack of procedures that are in place,” said Yellowstone County Sheriff Mike Linder. The sheriff’s office is responsible for oversight and operations of the jail.

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