County detectives: Escaped inmate caught in Nescopeck

Hours after a 21-year-old Lycoming County Prison inmate fled from his worksite at the Lycoming County Landfill on Wednesday afternoon, law enforcement nabbed him in Nescopeck, according to Chief County Detective William Weber.

Lycoming County Sheriff Deputy Sgt. Eric Spiegel coordinated the search while county detectives initiated the investigation. It was believed that the escapee, David Michael Daubert, was likely in the Berwick area, because that is where he is from, Weber said.

Spiegel received information late Wednesday afternoon that Daubert may have been seen near some state Game Commission property near Alvira Road in Union County, not far from the landfill, Weber said. It was discovered that a building had been broke into and a vehicle stolen, he added.

Just after 9 p.m., the stolen vehicle was located in Nescopeck, and Spiegel got information that Daubert may have relatives in the borough. Not long after police surrounded a property on Broad Street, Daubert was seen running from the back of the building, Weber said.

Following a brief pursuit, Daubert surrendered and was automatically placed in the Lycoming County Prison.

Initially jailed in mid-July on a state parole violation, Daubert recently had been placed in the prison’s pre-release center and assigned a job at the landfill. Following his arraignment Friday morning on a felony charge of escape, he was recommitted in lieu of $75,000 bail.

State police and the U.S. Marshals Service also assisted in capture.