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March 14, 2013

Man who fled drug court appears on escape charge

ENID, Okla. — An Enid man who fled from drug court last week after being remanded into custody was in court Thursday on a charge of escape.

Nickolas Todd Johnson, 24, was arraigned on a felony count of escape from arrest or detention. He also was arraigned on an unrelated felony assault charge.

Johnson fled March 7 from Garfield County drug court after being placed in custody for violation of the court’s terms, according to an affidavit filed in the case.

He later fled from the federal courtroom on the second floor of the U.S. Post Office building about 1 p.m., when the judge announced he would be sanctioned for violations.

Johnson was arrested the evening of March 8 by Enid Police Department officers.

Johnson also was arraigned on a felony assault and battery charge related to an Oct. 3, 2012, incident.

In that case, Johnson is accused of hitting a man in the 1300 block of East Broadway. The man suffered a broken left orbital socket in the altercation that involved Johnson and another man, according to an affidavit filed in the case.

Johnson, because of a prior conviction, faces up to 10 years in prison on the escape charge. He also faces up to five years in prison, or up to a year in jail and/or a fine of up to $500 on the assault and battery charge.

Johnson is being held in lieu of $65,000 bond on the two charges, and was ordered to return to court April 15 for a bond appearance.

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