A Weiser woman is back in jail after having escaped from a transport van shortly after on Thursday.
According to Washington County Sheriff Matt Thomas, deputies caught up with Sarah Fern Frisch, 39, on Saturday at her boyfriend’s place in Weiser, where her husband was also living.
Thomas said both men, Danny May and Ryan Frisch, were also arrested and are each facing a felony charge of harboring a fugitive.
Sarah Frisch was taken back to Payette County to face a felony escape charge and was arraigned on that charge on Monday afternoon.
According to a court official, a status conference has been set for Frisch for 9 a.m. Aug. 26, and pending the results of that, a preliminary hearing will follow at 9 a.m. Aug. 27.
According to Payette County Sheriff’s Capt. Toby Hauntz, Frisch escaped on Aug. 15 after attending drug court at the Payette County Courthouse, which serves as a hub for the multi-jurisdictional program.
As she had violated her drug court, Judge Brian Lee added 30 days to Frisch’s sentence for not complying. She was subsequently held over at Payette County Jail until Washington County deputies could pick her up to transport her back.
Once inside a van to be transported back, Frisch “got out of the van, handcuffed, and took off running,” Hauntz said. Because there were other inmates in the van being transported back to Washington County, the sole deputy in the van couldn’t leave and chase Frisch.
The van hadn’t left the Payette Courthouse complex yet and was still in the parking lot near the Department of Motor Vehicles, Hauntz said, however, by the time the incident was relayed to Payette County deputies, it was too late, as nobody could catch up with her.
Frisch was in the drug court program in Washington County for a felony drug charge, possession of a controlled substance for methamphetamine, according to Washington County Chief Deputy Cody Strong.
Frisch will still face charges for her drug court violations back in Washington County at a later time.