EKU officials issue safety alert

RICHMOND, Ky. (WYMT) - Eastern Kentucky University issued an alert on Thursday afternoon. It's all because of the escape of Daniel Patterson.

Estill County Jail officials told WKYT that Daniel Patterson dashed away from them as they were taking him into the jail before a scheduled court hearing on Wednesday.

Daniel Patterson was set to appear in court for a domestic violence order his wife requested.

EKU officials issued the alert because she is part of the campus community.

Police believe Patterson could be driving a black Dodge Dakota pickup with a red pin stripe. Investigators believe he stole it after his escape.

EKU officials say they have no reason to believe he's on campus right now. They just want everyone to be on alert just in case.

Patterson is from Barbourville.

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