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Douglas County fugitive taken into custody in Nebraska after low-speed chase

October 29, 2010, 1:18 p.m. Updated October 29, 2010, 4:24 p.m.

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Candice Amyx

Candice Amyx

An inmate who didn’t return to the Douglas County Jail after being released over Christmas 2008 has been arrested near Lincoln, Neb.

Candice Amyx, 45, was pulled over early Thursday afternoon while driving a 2002 Saturn Vue with no license plates, said Lancaster County, Neb., Sheriff Terry Wagner.

Amyx initially stopped for a sheriff’s deputy on a county highway, but then pulled back onto the road and briefly led officers on a low-speed chase, Wagner said.

About seven miles down the road, she pulled off the road again, and submitted to arrest. She had apparently been making phone calls during the chase to attempt to arrange child care for her 14-year-old son, who was in the car with her, Wagner said.

In addition to charges in Douglas County, Amyx was wanted on a felony theft of services warrant in Lancaster County, and was driving a car that had been reported stolen in Missouri. The sheriff’s office reported that Amyx was last known to be living in Beatrice, Neb., which is about 40 miles south of Lincoln.

In Lawrence, District Judge Jack Murphy had granted a temporary leave for Amyx in 2008 during the Christmas holiday.

She had been awaiting sentencing after pleading no contest to four counts of forgery and one charge of theft in September 2008.

Amyx was initially arrested on charges of fleeing to avoid arrest, possession of stolen property and child abuse, which are all felonies. She also faces misdemeanor charges of criminal possession of a financial transaction device — likely a credit card, Wagner said — and making a false report, in addition to other traffic charges.

Wagner said the criminal investigation into her activities is still ongoing. She appeared in Lancaster County District Court Friday afternoon, but was only formally charged with the outstanding theft of services charge.

Officers at both Douglas County and Lancaster County sheriff’s offices said that Amyx would eventually be sent to Kansas to face charges here, but that hadn’t yet been arranged. She also has outstanding warrants in other jurisdictions in eastern Kansas and Missouri.

“It’s going to be kind of a toss-up as to who gets her first,” said Douglas County Sheriff’s Sgt. Steve Lewis. “We’ll be able to get her back here eventually, because she essentially escaped from our facility.”

Lawrence Mayor Mike Amyx has said that Candice Amyx is his former sister-in-law. She was married more than a decade ago to his youngest brother, who is now deceased.

Comments

BruceWayne 4 years, 1 month ago

"In addition to charges in Douglas County, Wagner also was wanted on a felony theft of services warrant in Lancaster County, and was driving a car that had been reported stolen in Missouri"

okay you lost me again...

ahyland 4 years, 1 month ago

Yikes! That should be Amyx, of course. Thanks for the catch. All better now.

Andy Hyland

aletheia 4 years, 1 month ago

I remember this story from a couple of years ago. The comments posted were quite heated and a few of the posters were concerned about her son. Looks like their concerns were warranted. Child abuse? Driving a stolen vehicle? Possession of stolen property? Outstanding warrants in three states? She's sounds like a real piece of work. I can't imagine the kind of craziness this kid has witnessed. How very, very sad.

wyattearp2 4 years, 1 month ago

The citizens of Lawrence believe Candace is just misunderstood.....Exonerate her....She is a terriific human being behind the Jekyll and Hyde mask......

Dirtman24 4 years, 1 month ago

""In Lawrence, District Judge Jack Murphy had granted a temporary leave for Amyx in 2008 during the Christmas holiday"".....

Why was she let out in the first place, way to go Judicial System showing others its ok to do what she did and able to see u in court and be given time away from jail. Your a CROOK of a judge in my book.

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