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Former Oregon TE Arrested: What Happened?

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Colt Lyerla (Washington County Sheriff’s Office)

Former Oregon Ducks tight end Colt Lyerla was captured by authorities while overdosing after he reportedly escaped jail hours before.

According to Oregon Live, Lyerla, who was serving time at a corrections center for drug charges, was located by police Friday after they followed-up on a report of a man overdosing on drugs.

Lyerla reportedly tried to flee police once he saw they were pursuing him, but he was apprehended and taken to a nearby hospital.

He played tight end for the Ducks during the 2011 and 2012 seasons, but left the program during his junior season after just two games.

At one point during his collegiate career, it seemed as if Lyerla was poised to be a first-round selection in the NFL Draft. But a series of drug convictions and other trouble with the law led to that never coming to fruition, though he did sign a contract with an NFL team.

Here’s what you need to know about Lyerla:


1. Lyerla Escaped Confinement Thursday Out of a Window

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Colt Lyerla mugshot (Washington County Sheriff’s Office)

Officials from the Washington County Community Correction center said that they heard an alarm sound from a dorm at around 4:55 p.m. Thursday.

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When they arrived to the dorm, workers at the facility noticed an open window and “an escape in progress,” Community Corrections Department Director Steve Berger said. All other inmates at the facility were accounted for except Lyerla.

His dorm was located on the first floor of the building. Officers went on a hung for Lyerla and found him at 1707 N.E. Parkside Drive when they followed up on a report of a subject overdosing.

The corrections center where Lyerla was being held is a minimum-security facility that’s located directly across from the Washington County Jail. Most of the services offered at the facility include substance abuse treatment and mental health evaluations.

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Lyerla was booked at the courthouse and now faces a felony second-degree escape charge.

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2. Lyerla Was Serving Time For Drug Convictions

Lyerla was at the facility because he was arrested twice on allegations of drug possession and forgery just this year.

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In March, he was arrested after he was accused of passing along counterfeit $50 bills at a 7-Eleven store. He reportedly tried to do so again at the same store a few days later and left after the cashier refused to accept it. After viewing surveillance footage, police matched Lyerla to the man on the video.

Court documents obtained by The Oregonian said that he was also carrying heroin. He was initially booked on an accusation of first-degree forgery and a probation violation.

He was found guilty of possessing drugs and was sentenced by a judge in March.

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