Accused escapee back in court

CLEARFIELD — One of the men who escaped from the Clearfield County Jail on Memorial Day was back in court Wednesday on additional charges.

While Donald John White, 46, was on the run, he allegedly stole a motorcycle from a man in Bigler Township.

White and another inmate, Robert Miller Jr., fled from the jail while on grass cutting detail on May 30, police said.

Authorities were unable to locate them after an extensive search with K-9 officers.

According to the affidavit in this new case, White responded to a Facebook ad for a 2006 Honda CBR1000 for sale in Bigler Township using someone else’s account.

On June 15, White arrived to look at the motorcycle and asked to take it on a test drive. The victim agreed and White reportedly rode off northbound.

When he didn’t return or hear from White for about 45 minutes, the victim called police.

Police said White left behind a white Ford Fusion with an inactive registration. A check on the vehicle identification number revealed the car was listed as stolen by state police at Ridgway.

The victim was able to identify White as the thief in a photo line-up, according to the report.

White is charged with felony counts of theft by unlawful taking, receiving stolen property and theft by deception, as well as several summaries. He waived his right to a preliminary hearing Wednesday.

Just a few days after the theft, White was apprehended by police following a chase.

Prior to escaping, White was incarcerated on several charges for allegedly assaulting and terrorizing the same female in DuBois for months, even though she had a protection-from-abuse order against him.

White is charged with kidnapping to inflict terror, a felony, and misdemeanor unlawful restraint, terroristic threats and simple assault in a case stemming from an incident on Feb. 17 when he reportedly kept the victim in her home for an entire weekend.

He has additional kidnapping, strangulation, terroristic threats, simple assault, false imprisonment and more charges in relation to his actions on Jan. 3.

Miller was located at his daughter’s home in Clearfield on June 26.

Last week both men waived hearings on their escape charges.


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