GALLIPOLIS — A Cheshire woman pleaded guilty last week in the Gallia Court of Common Pleas to possession of drugs and to her attempted August escape — while allegedly in the nude — from the Gallia County Jail.
Hannah Overstreet, 21, pleaded guilty to possession of drugs, a felony of the fourth-degree. She was sentenced to serve 12 months in prison. Overstreet also pleaded guilty to one count of escape, a felony of the third-degree and was ordered to serve 12 months in prison. Said sentences were ordered to be served concurrently.
“During a vehicle stop, the Gallia County Sheriff’s Office located drug paraphernalia in a vehicle driven by the defendant through Bidwell,” said Gallia Assistant Prosecutor Britt Wiseman. “The defendant had a warrant for her arrest through the Gallipolis Municipal Court and was taken into custody. The defendant informed the officer that she had heroin on her person, which was then taken as evidence and tested positive for heroin in the amount of 1.54 grams.”
Overstreet was indicted in January by the Gallia County Grand Jury for possession of heroin.
“While incarcerated on the drug offense, the defendant was being transported out of her cell in the jail and made her way away from the corrections officer,” said Gallia Prosecutor Jeff Adkins. “The defendant ran through the emergency exit of the jail and fled on foot to the front of the Gallia County Courthouse, where she was apprehended without incident. The defendant was then taken into custody and transported back to the jail.”
As previously reported by the Daily Tribune, witnesses at the time said Overstreet, who was allegedly wearing no clothes except for a pair of jail-issued flip flops, dashed out the door of the Gallia County Jail, ran across the front door of the Gallia County Courthouse and attempted to exit the area on a ramp used as a handicap entrance. A deputy at the front door reportedly dashed off after Overstreet. Both supposedly flipped over the railing of the handicapped path. Overstreet got up and ran into the courthouse parking lot at one point, then doubled back to run between a few buildings near Locust Street before the deputy grabbed her. She was then brought back to the jail.
“This defendant is a young woman who has her whole life ahead of her and has no prior felony convictions,” Adkins said. “I sincerely hope that this sentence will allow her the opportunity to address her drug dependency and to become reintegrated into society upon her release as a fully functioning and productive member of her community.”