Brigitte L. Bruyere

A county woman wanted for allegedly aiding an escaped inmate was taken into custody Monday following a police pursuit.

Brigitte L. Bruyere, 23, is being held at the Franklin County Jail for violating terms of probation. Court records list Bruyere as living in Franklin and Crawford counties in the past two years.

According to the Franklin County Sheriff’s office, deputies and detectives with the Multi-County Narcotics and Violent Crimes Enforcement Unit responded to Highway 50 and Highway 185 in the Beaufort area after receiving information that Bruyere would be going to a gas station there.

Bruyere was wanted by the Washington County Sheriff’s Office for questioning regarding Jacob D. Martin, the inmate who escaped Feb. 13 from a Missouri Department of Transportation work site in Bollinger County while in the custody of the Potosi Correctional Center.

He was taken into custody by the Eureka Police Department Sunday.

Martin, 22, formerly of St. Clair, was serving a five-year sentence in the Potosi Correctional Center for two tampering with a motor vehicle convictions in Franklin County, as well as burglary and theft charges, according to court records.

When Bruyere arrived at the Beaufort area business, officers converged on her vehicle in an attempt to block her in. Bruyere fled the scene in the vehicle, traveling at a high speed southbound on Highway 185 toward Sullivan, authorities said.

Sullivan police deployed spike strips at two locations, ultimately disabling Bruyere’s vehicle. Once the vehicle stopped, Bruyere was taken into custody.

A passenger in the vehicle also was detained, but released at the scene, according to the sheriff’s department.

Bruyere is being held without bond on a probation violation warrant, as well as resisting arrest and numerous traffic violations.

She has not yet been charged with aiding in the escape of Martin, according to court records.

Previous Charges

Bruyere was sentenced to probation in March 2017 on charges of second-degree burglary, a felony, and misdemeanor stealing property.

The charges stem from a November 2017 burglary at a home in the 1900 block of Old Highway 50 West. The property owner reported that someone stole tools from an unlocked garage. Bruyere was identified as a possible suspect, according to the sheriff’s office.

A deputy investigating the case located Bruyere in December 2016 at a home in Leslie.

During an interview the suspect provided a written statement to the deputy in which she admitted to stealing four saws from the garage. She then went with a friend, sold the saws at pawnshops in Washington, and used the money to buy drugs, authorities said.

Bruyere was charged in 2017 with felony receiving stolen property in Union.

Also in 2017, Bruyere was charged with felony stealing following an arrest in Shrewsbury.

Martin Charges

Martin was sentenced to prison in July 2013 after his probation was revoked from a 2012 tampering with a motor vehicle charge.

The probation was revoked after a second tampering with a motor vehicle charge later that year.

One of the charges stems from a June 3, 2012, incident when Martin allegedly stole a 1998 Chevy Silverado from a family member’s residence in the 300 block of Highway AB.

According to the probable cause statement filed by St. Clair police in the Franklin County Prosecutor’s office, on Aug. 7, 2012, Martin stole a 1998 GMC Jimmy from Red Bud Lane, St. Clair.

Martin has previous convictions for driving while intoxicated, shoplifting and resisting arrest.