Former Oregon Ducks tight end Colt Lyerla was found Friday in an apparent overdose and hospitalized after he escaped Thursday from Washington County custody, officials said Friday.
Lyerla had been at the Washington County Community Correction Center previously arrested for forgery, drug possession and driving under the influence of intoxicants, county spokesman Philip Bransford said. At 4:55 p.m. Thursday, officials heard an alarm from a dorm.
County workers found an open window and an escape in progress. All residents were counted except Lyerla.
The dorm is on the first floor of the building, said Steve Berger, director of the Community Corrections Department.
Lt. Henry Reimann, Hillsboro police spokesman, said officers encountered Lyerla in the 1700 block of Northeast Parkside Drive after someone about 11:15 a.m. called about a man overdosing on drugs.
Reimann said officers and paramedics found Lyerla “awake and responsive.” While being escorted to an ambulance, Lyerla attempted to flee but was caught shortly, Reimann said. He was taken to the hospital for treatment and will be booked into the Washington County jail after his release from the hospital, Reimann said.
The community corrections center is a minimum-security facility across the street from the county jail. The center provides residents work-release and transition programs. Services include substance abuse treatment, mental health evaluation and treatment, employment counseling and job referrals and other programs.
The center averages over 2,000 intakes a year with an 85 percent completion rate, officials said. Lyerla will not be allowed back to the community correction center or alternative forms of custody because of his escape, Berger said.
Lyerla was arrested twice this year on drug and forgery allegations, The Oregonian/OregonLive reported earlier this year. Lyerla was sentenced in March after a judge found him guilty in February of possessing heroin.
In late March, he was arrested after police said he passed off counterfeit $50 bills and was carrying heroin, according to court documents. He was serving his sentence for forgery charges and also had a probation violation for the earlier heroin conviction. He will now face a felony second-degree escape charge, Berger said.
Lyerla’s criminal history includes a 2013 conviction in Lane County for cocaine possession. Charges related to a 2014 arrest in Washington County on suspicion of driving under the influence of intoxicants were later dismissed, court records show.
Lyerla was a standout athlete at Hillsboro High School and earned a spot on the the University of Oregon football team in 2011. He left the team in October 2013 after two seasons to pursue a career in the NFL.
He wasn’t selected in the 2014 NFL Draft but later joined the Green Bay Packers as a free agent. He was released from the team that summer after injuring knee ligaments.
Lyerla later tried pursuing spots in the Arena Football League and pro rugby in France, but neither worked out.
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