Wednesday, March 29, 2023

63-Year-Old Inmate of Lake County Jail Briefly Escapes Facility


The following is a press release issued by the Lake County Sheriff’s Office. The information has not been proven in a court of law and any individuals described should be presumed innocent until proven guilty:

Gary Gard [Mugshot from the Lake County Sheriff’s Office Booking Logs]

On July 1, 2021, at approximately 8:00 a.m., an inmate at the Lake County Jail escaped by running away from his work assignment. The inmate was captured a short time later by Sheriff’s Office personnel. The inmate was identified as Gary Gard, 63, of Kelseyville. Gard was serving a sentence for misdemeanor possession of methamphetamine. 

An investigation determined that at 0751 hours, Gard walked away from his work assignment in the jail kitchen. He was then seen on surveillance cameras running and throwing away his jail uniform. As Gard ran away from the jail, Sheriff’s Captain Norm Taylor was driving the same area of Hill Road.  Captain Taylor recognized the white jail uniform pants Gard was wearing. When Gard saw Captain Taylor he turned and ran up an embankment, which led to a freeway overpass for Highway 29. Captain Taylor stopped and gave Gard verbal commands to stop. Gard surrendered without further incident.

There has not been another escape from the Lake County Jail since 2013.


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Matt LaFever
Matt LaFever
I like to think of myself as a reporter for the Average Joe. Journalism has become a craft defined largely by city dwellers on America's coasts. It’s time to take it back. I have been an Emerald Triangle resident since 2006 and this is year ten in Mendocino County. Please, email me at if you know a story that needs to be told.

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