Man exchanges 90-day sentence for 1 to 3 years for escaping pre-release work site

A man serving a three-month sentence now will serve one to three years in a state prison — and could face more charges for leaving his pre-release work assignment, according to the Lycoming County District Attorney’s Office.

David M. Daubert was serving a 90-day sentence at the county pre-release center for a parole violation when he walked away from his work site at the landfill on Aug. 9.

Now, Daubert, 21, will serve one to three years in state prison. He was sentenced after he pleaded guilty to a charge of escape on Monday.

After Daubert walked away, Resource Management staff at the landfill immediately notified law enforcement. They searched the area and notified the staff of the nearby federal prison at Allenwood that Daubert had escaped.

Sheriff Deputy Sgt. Eric Spiegel led the search while county detectives initiated the investigation.

“Be on the lookout” notices, or BOLOs, were sent to Lycoming and surrounding counties, including Union and Columbia.

Detectives believed Daubert could be fleeing to his hometown of Berwick.

At about 5:30 p.m., Spiegel received information that Daubert might be in the area of the state Game Commission facility in Union County, about 2 miles southwest of the landfill.

When they went to the location, they discovered a building had been burglarized and a personal vehicle stolen.

That vehicle was located at a convenience mart in Nescopeck at about 9:15 p.m.

Deputies and state police surrounded an address on Broad Street in the borough thought to belong to Daubert’s relatives. Moments later, Daubert was seen running from the rear of the property.

After a brief foot chase, he was taken into custody, returned to the Lycoming County Prison and arraigned the next morning. His bail was set at $575,000.

The theft of the vehicle and burglary is being investigated by the state police in Milton.

Daubert previously has served time in prison and has a few open cases in Lycoming and Columbia counties. Charges from those include indecent assault of a person less than 13 years old, resisting arrest and DUI, according to court records.