Former Oregon star escapes jail, warrant issued for arrest

The sad tale of Colt Lyerla took another unfortunate turn this week, as news surfaced that the former Oregon tight end had escaped Washington County Community Correction Center in Hillsboro, OR.

Lyerla was two months into a six-month sentence for drug possession. He was sentenced in March after being found guilty of heroin possession in February. 


County workers found an open window and an escape in progress. All residents were counted except for Lyerla.

The dorm is on the first floor of the building, said Steve Berger, director of the Community Corrections Department.

Lyerla was sentenced in March after a judge found him guilty in February of possessing heroin. He will now face a felony second-degree escape charge, Berger said.

Lyerla was once considered one of college football's most dynamic tight ends. As a sophomore in 2012, the ranked among the top-10 in the Pac-12 in both receiving touchdowns and yards per reception. 

Lyerla entered the 2014 NFL Draft and went undrafted, largely as a result of character concerns. He was signed by the Green Bay Packers as a free agent but would be released before the season began due to a knee injury.

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