John Wayne Jordan escapes by Gator—briefly

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John Wayne Jordan is back in custody after a brief Gator getaway.
Photo Albemarle Police John Wayne Jordan is back in custody after a brief Gator getaway. Photo Albemarle Police

John Wayne Jordan, 50, a trustee at the Albemarle Charlottesville Regional Jail, disappeared on a John Deere Gator and was on the lam for about 11 minutes from the time he was reported missing until he was captured November 24.

Jordan was working for the Virginia Department of Forestry on Natural Resources Drive and was asked to get a Gator. About an hour later, when he hadn’t returned, Albemarle County Police were alerted at 3:42pm.

Charlottesville Police found Jordan at Jefferson Park Avenue and Monroe Lane at 3:53pm. He’d ditched his jail attire at Stribling Avenue, and the Gator was found at JPA and Shamrock Road, according to police.

Most of Jordan’s lengthy arrest record is for drunk in public charges, but he was serving 18 months in the regional jail for petit larceny and for assaulting an officer in March.

His break for freedom has resulted in additional felony charges, including grand larceny.