Overdue inmate turns himself in to the Summit County Jail

SUMMIT COUNTY, Colo. - A convicted drunk driver who violated his work release conditions turned himself in to the Summit County Jail at approximately 8 p.m. Tuesday.

Ramon Soto, who didn't return to jail from his work release as planned on Monday, is charged with escape. He had called the jail to tell them he would be late returning because his friend's car broke down, but failed to show up the next morning and a warrant was issued for his arrest.

Tracy LeClair, spokeswoman for the Summit County Sheriff's Office, said Soto apparently went to Denver without permission.

Sheriff John Minor said there was never a concern for public safety.

The 35-year-old Soto is serving a 1-year sentence for a misdemeanor DUI conviction out of Lake County. For the escape he faces a maximum sentence of six months in jail and/or a $750 fine.

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