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CHP officer captures Prison escapee that ran across busy I-5

A Stockton CHP officer saw something quite unexpected when pulling into the parking lot of the emergency room at San Joaquin General Hospital on Sunday evening – a prison inmate that was making a break for it with two CDCR guards giving chase. 

According to the Stockton CHP, the incident occurred at around 5:45 on Sunday evening, and the officer re-entered his patrol vehicle and began responding towards them as the inmate ran across the parking lot and scaled the fence of Southbound I-5 and began running across the lanes of the busy interstate. 

The officer went around and got on I-5 northbound and discovered that the inmate had made it across all lanes of southbound and northbound traffic and was down at the bottom of a steep embankment on the east side of the freeway removing his orange jumpsuit. 

When the officer deployed his OC spray to incapacitate the subject, he was in the process of scaling the fence on the east side of the freeway which given him a chance to escape through fields and into the nearby French Camp neighborhood. 

According to CDCR, the inmate, Isidro Hernandez, was being housed in the administrative segregation unit at Mule Creek State Prison in Ione and was transported to an outside hospital on Sunday. While inside of the facility Hernandez reportedly battered a CDCR officer and ran from the building – where he was ultimately spotted by the CHP officer who aided in his capture. 

Hernandez was received by CDCR from Santa Clara County in 2016 with a life sentence with parole for lewd and lascivious acts with a minor. 

The case is being forwarded on to the San Joaquin County District Attorney’s office for consideration of additional escape charges. 

CDCR is also investigating the incident to ensure that all policies and procedures were followed by staff. 

While the CDCR constructed a new prison hospital in Stockton to provide long-term care for inmates who require medical attention, the San Joaquin General Hospital has for several years provided acute and emergency care services on a contract basis for a number of prison facilities in the region – even going so far as to modify a wing of the hospital to custodial standards to provide security for the public and the rest of the hospital staff. 

To contact reporter Jason Campbell email or call 209.249.3544.