IR suspect competent to stand trial


Staff Writer

CRYSTAL FALLS – An Iron River man accused of fleeing police custody while he was being treated at a hospital has been deemed competent to stand trial.

Iron County Trial Court Judge C. Joseph Schwedler has reviewed the results of a competency examination and determined that the case against 22-year-old Jordan Luckey can proceed.

Luckey is now scheduled for a preliminary examination on Dec. 23.

The felony escape from jail through violence charge against Luckey stems from a June 11 incident in Iron River.

Deputies from the Iron County Sheriff’s Department said that they had brought Luckey, who was a jail inmate at the time, to Northstar Health System for medical attention.

While being treated, Luckey escaped custody and fled on foot, they said.

Deputies added that Luckey ran to nearby Ice Lake and attempted to swim away. He eventually swam back to shore and was located by authorities about an hour later, they said.

If convicted of the escape charge, Luckey could spend up to seven and a half years in prison.

Luckey also faces more than a dozen other felony and misdemeanor charges from unrelated incidents that occurred in the two days prior to the escape incident.

On June 9, Luckey is accused of unlawfully taking a vehicle; driving while intoxicated, without a license, and with an open container of alcohol; failing to report an accident; breaking into a residence; and contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile runaway.

On June 10, Luckey is accused of resisting and obstructing two deputies.

All of the above alleged offenses occurred in the city of Iron River.

On June 11, before the hospital escape incident, Luckey is accused of attempting to break out of jail and damaging a jail safety mirror, several ceiling tiles, and a metal ceiling grid.

These alleged offenses occurred at the Iron County Jail in Crystal Falls.

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