Suspect escapes en route to jail

Barbara Lawlor • Nederland

All of the Nederland Police Department patrol cars have bars on the windows, except for the black Jeep, the patrol car that a Nederland officer was driving on Sunday, Aug. 26, when he responded to the report of a disturbance at a local restaurant. A suspect was detained and identified as Mason Lewis, a transient who had reportedly been involved in other disorderly incidents. Lewis was arrested for various misdemeanor offenses. He was handcuffed and secured into the back seat of the patrol car to be transported to the Boulder County Jail for booking.
On the way to the jail, Lewis began screaming and thrashing around in the back seat. When they reached the 36-mile marker of Boulder Canyon, the Nederland officer heard the crash of the back passenger window breaking and slowed down to safely pull over to the side of the road. When he got out of the car and went around to the back seat, Lewis was gone. Between the moment of the window crashing and the Jeep stopping, he had managed to get out of his restraints and kick out the window.
About 8:45 p.m., the officer called the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office for help in searching for Lewis. Deputies and canine units were sent to assist in looking for the suspect. Additional Nederland officers joined the search, but Lewis was not found.
Nederland Police Chief Jake Adler said that Lewis has an extensive history of disruptive behavior. At this time, the Police Department requests that anyone with information as to Mason Lewis’s location immediately contact the Nederland Police at 303-258-3250 or your local law enforcement agency.
Mason Lewis is described as the following: white male, approximately 5 foot 10 inches in height, approximately 130 to 150 pounds, brown hair and eyes, last seen wearing blue jeans, a red button-up style shirt and possibly exercise or tennis style shoes.
At this time, it is not believed that Mason Lewis poses any threat to citizens and may be in need of medical attention. The involved arresting officer was not injured during this incident.
Adler said: “The windows in a patrol car are made of the same glass as in a regular passenger vehicle. We have bars on all the cars except for the black Jeep and we will be getting them installed as soon as possible. We are still working on how the heck he did this.”