On January 29, 2014 Jordan Coughlin was arrested for driving drunk in Lake of the Woods County. The arrest violated the probation conditions of a previous drunk driving arrest, so he was sentenced to a year in county jail on September 10, 2014.
Coughlin, 27, was granted work release so he could keep his job at Cyrus Resort, located on the southern end of Lake of the Woods near the Canadian border.
According to court records, he was banned from using or possessing any alcohol or drugs, entering bars or liquor stores, and was subject to random drug testing and searches.
On February 25, 2015 he had a court hearing for an unknown violation of those conditions. A week later Coughlin decided to make a break for Canada.
The last time he was seen at Cyrus Resort was March 2 at 5:30 a.m. He took off on an orange Arctic Cat snowmobile and managed to elude capture for more than a week.
The Lake of the Woods Sheriff executed search warrants on his Facebook page and cell phone, his family offered a $10,000 reward for information leading to his safe return and word spread throughout northern Minnesota and southern Canada about the escaped convict.
According to the Northern Light Region newspaper, police in Kenora, Ontario -- a three and a half hour drive from Cyrus Resort -- told the Lake of the Woods Sheriff on March 10 they stopped Coughlin for riding without a helmet.
The constable (that's what they're called in Canada, we guess?) told Coughlin he'd get a ticket if he didn't buy a helmet, but the constable was called away to take care of a different incident before he could be cited. When the constable returned Coughlin's snowmobile was still there, but he was nowhere to be found.
Ontario police checked Greyhound bus manifests and discovered Coughlin bought a ticket to Vancouver, so they phoned ahead. Police were waiting for Coughlin when he finally arrived at the Vancouver bus station March 11.
He's been extradited to Bellvue, Washington, where he's waiting for officers from Lake of the Woods County to pick him up sometime next week, according to the Grand Forks Herald.
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