When two handcuffed inmates made a daring break for freedom from his courtroom, Judge R.W. Buzzard did not stand idly by
Instead, the fearless lawman whipped off his long black robe, leapt from his chair and gave chase as Tanner Jacobson, 22, and Kodey Howard, 28, bolted from the chamber in Winlock, Washington state Friday.
Judge Buzzard chased the pair down four flighs of stairs – and managed to grab Howard jut as he got to the courthouse’s back door.
Cops caught up with Jacobson a few blocks away, the Daily Chronicle reported.
The pair have now been charged with felony second-degree escape, with Howard held on a $50,000 cash bond, and Jacobson on a $100,000 cash bond.
They tried to escape during a hearing with two other inmates, and made off through the public door of the courtroom, rather than a special door close to where the judge sits which inmates are usually brought through.
Local Sheriff Rob Snaza said afterwards: ‘These things don’t happen very often.
‘They’re few and far between.’