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"Paralyzed" prisoner faked it to escape

MARSHFIELD, Wis. (WXPR) - An 18 year old Lac du Flambeau man has been captured early Wednesday by authorities after an escape and chase.

Vilas County deputies report Jeffrey Bauman, Jr. walked away from St. Joseph's Hospital in Marshfield late Tuesday evening. Bauman was taken there last Friday from the Vilas County Jail after saying he had paralysis to his lower body.

At about 12:40 a.m. Wednesday morning, Lac du Flambeau police saw Bauman in a car and pursued him.  Bauman crashed the vehicle and fled on foot. He was captured about three this morning without incident.

Online court records don't indicate why Bauman was initially jailed, but officials say he faces new charges of escape, fleeing an officer, and felony recklessly endangering safety.  Charges are also possible against people police suspect helped Bauman.

Minocqua, Woodruff, and Lac du Flambeau police along with the Oneida and Vilas county sheriff departments were involved in Bauman's arrest.