River Crest Patient Flees Hospital, Steals Vehicle
At 1:59 p.m. today, Tom Green County Sheriff's Deputies, assisted by San Angelo Police, arrested a 28-year-old San Angelo man who fled River Crest Hospital without permission.
TGCSO said at at 11:56 a.m., TGCSO's Mental Health Unit received a call about a male subject who had left from River Crest Hospital on Hunters Glen Road without permission. Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the area of Arden Road and Mercedes Street where the subject was last seen.
"The subject was identified as Josh Caleb Joiner," said TGCSO officials. "Joiner who fled the area on foot north towards the State Park came across a vehicle that was unoccupied. The vehicle was owned by a contract worker who was working inside the State Park at the time. Joiner drove the vehicle through dirt trails and through thick terrain before crashing in a ravine."
After a two hour manhunt, Joiner was located and taken into custody without incident. He was charged with Unauthorized Use of Vehicle (State Jail Felony)
A State Jail Felony is punishable by 180 days to 2 years, and/or a fine punishable up to $10,000.00, officials said.
TGCSO was also assisted by TG County Constable’s Office and State Parks Rangers.