Jail inmate released in error turns self in

By Paul Gottlieb
Peninsula Daily News

PORT ANGELES — An inmate who was mistakenly released Tuesday from Clallam County jail showed up at the Clallam County Courthouse at 3:10 p.m. today and turned himself in, Sheriff Bill Benedict said.

Lavan A. Lukes, 35, of Port Angeles was inadvertently let out of jail after an appearance in county Superior Court in a paperwork mix-up with other inmates to be legally released.

He had been arrested for investigation of two counts of fourth-degree assault, one of which included domestic violence.

Lukes, who Benedict said was never considered dangerous, was scheduled to be charged today.

He showed up at Clallam County Superior Court on his own volition, was taken back to jail, then appeared before Judge Brooke Taylor in rapid succession this afternoon.

Taylor reset Lukes’ bail at $5,000 and his arraignment for 1:39 p.m. today, Benedict said.

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