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Iowa Fugitive Calls 911 While Being Chased by Coyotes

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An Iowa fugitive on the run calls the police for help after he and another were chased by a pack of coyotes.

On Oct. 20, 2014, Daniel Rice, 21, escaped after being transported from the Mascatine County Jail to a local hospital for medical treatment related to his heart. Even though he was cuffed to a hospital bed, Rice was somehow able to slip out of the cuffs and took off, wearing only a hospital gown.

Two days later, shortly after midnight on Wednesday the 22nd, a man called the Rock Island County 911 seeking help, stating he and his sister were being chased by a wild pack of coyotes. The man identified himself as Zachary Turner and said he was using a stick to keep the coyotes away. He said he thought there were around 30 of them.

Rock Island County deputies arrived at the Loud Thunder Forest Preserve in Illinois City, Illinois and recognized Rice, who had given the false name during the call to 911. A scar from the placement of a pace maker helped to confirm the fugitive’s identity.

Rice was again arrested and taken to the Rock Island County Jail. He was later transferred back to the Mascatine County Jail in Iowa and is being held on $50,000 bond for escaping. He is still facing his previous charges of theft, criminal mischief and burglary.

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Iowa Fugitive Calls 911 While Being Chased by Coyotes