AUBURN — An inmate who escaped last month and stole an SUV before being arrested was charged on Tuesday with drug trafficking charges, which is why he was behind bars.
A grand jury in Androscoggin County returned a charge of aggravated trafficking in programmed drugs against David R. Mockler, 23, of Lisbon. The crime is punishable by four to 30 years in prison.
Mockler was also charged with unlawful possession of programmed drugs, a felony that carries a maximum prison sentence of five years.
He had been scheduled for a hearing on Tuesday to determine whether his bail on the drug charges should be revoked, but that hearing continued until next month.
Until then, Mockler is staying at the Maine State Prison in Warren because that facility has an infirmary that can treat the injuries Mockler sustained when he jumped from the roof of Androscoggin County Jail that morning. of May 23 during recess, according to a corrections officer. .
Mockler scaled a fence, squeezed through two rows of barbed wire and jumped about 25 feet from a roof, likely fracturing both feet, according to a police report. His prison pants and underwear got tangled in the wire, where they were left during his escape. He stole an SUV parked nearby and was involved in an accident not far from the prison.
Deputies from the Androscoggin County Sheriff’s Office and the Auburn Police Department pursued Mockler, who continued to drive the damaged SUV to Mechanic Falls, where police attempted to arrest him during a low-speed pursuit due to a flat front tire on the SUV, according to a police report.
He turned the stolen vehicle into a former girlfriend’s private driveway where the SUV crashed again and he was taken into custody.
Mockler appeared in Lewiston 8th District Court from a hospital bed via video link a few days after the incident.
A judge ordered that he be held without bond until his bail hearing.
On new charges stemming from his escape from prison, the judge ordered $250,000 cash bond.
Those charges include escape, a felony punishable by up to five years in prison. Mockler also faces misdemeanor charges of unauthorized use of property and violation of bail conditions.
In the police report, a detective wrote that Mockler sought to recruit his apparent current girlfriend as a getaway driver after he escaped, but she refused.