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 the 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 from a Missouri Department of Transportation work site in Bollinger County while in the custody of the Potosi Correctional Center on Feb. 13. 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 the 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 Department 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 departmnet.
Bruyere is being held without bond on a probation violation warrant, as well as resisting arrest and numerous traffic violations.