Inmate Who Escaped from Hospital, Led Police on Manhunt Faces Hearing

| April 16, 2019

CRANBERRY TWP., Pa. (EYT) – A Venango County Jail inmate who escaped custody while at UPMC Northwest and led police on a three-hour manhunt is due in court this week.

Court documents indicate 36-year-old Jeffery Scott Feely Jr., of Oil City, is scheduled to stand for a preliminary hearing in front of Magisterial District Judge Patrick E. Lowrey at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, April 17, on the following charges:

– Escape, Felony 3
– Flight to Avoid Apprehension/Trial/Punishment, Felony 3
– Disorderly Conduct Hazardous/Physical Offense, Misdemeanor 3

According to a criminal complaint, around 3:17 a.m. on Tuesday, April 9, Feely escaped from UPMC Northwest while being treated by the UPMC Behavioral health Unit after being transported to UPMC by the Venango County Jail.

According to the complaint, Feely led police on a search that lasted approximately three hours before he was captured in Seneca at the intersection of South Main Street and State Route 257.

The complaint notes Feely was being held at the Venango County Jail on felony drug charges.

Based on the investigation, Feely was arraigned in front of Magisterial District Judge Patrick E. Lowrey at 9:15 a.m. on Tuesday, April 9.

He remains lodged in the Venango County Jail without bail with the bail action reason listed as “flight risk”.

Feely is also facing charges in a separate case for fleeing a court appointed rehab facility in March.


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