A Barron County inmate who did’t return to jail after his work release was arrested in Eau Claire on Saturday, Feb. 8.

Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald said Gerald Jackson, 45, of Rice Lake, failed to return from a work release and was being sought as of Saturday evening. Later that evening, Jackson was arrested in Eau Claire County and returned to the Barron County Jail.

Fitzgerald said charges would be filed against Jackson by the district attorney on Monday, Feb. 10.

According to court records, Jackson had been convicted of two counts of felony failure to pay child support (120-plus days) and had been sentenced to 10 months in jail, but that was stayed by the court. He was ordered to serve three years of probation with conditions of 60 days in jail with work release privileges.

According to dispatch logs, Jackson had been working at a job site in Spooner and was being given a ride back to the jail around 1:30 p.m. on Feb. 8. In Cameron, Jackson allegedly jumped out of the car and took off on foot. He reportedly stated he wanted to go to Indiana.

Later, a Chetek bar reported Jackson was in the bar around 6 p.m. The bartender took two knives from the man and he was kicked out.

Law enforcement officers later learned Jackson had gotten a ride at a gas station and had been dropped off at a Burger King in Eau Claire. He also had a Greyhound bus ticket.

Eau Claire County was informed and they checked the area for him. Jackson was back in custody by 10:47 p.m.

Formal charges against Jackson had not been filed by Monday afternoon, Feb. 10.

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