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Prisoner escapes from jail cell—into packed courtroom (VIDEO)

Eric Pfeiffer
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A suspect held in custody by police in Kentucky allegedly tried to break free from authorities in a mad dash for freedom. But when 41-year-old Christopher Bakanauskas attempted to flee from his cell at the Jefferson County Courthouse, he reportedly ran straight into a packed courtroom full of police officers. Cue the sad trombone.

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WHAS11 reports that the inmate had been placed in a holding cell Monday morning when he allegedly attacked a deputy and attempted to escape. Bakanauskas charged through a door but found himself in the courtroom. He then reportedly made it about 20 feet into the courtroom before he was tackled by court bailiffs. Authorities say that Bakanauskas, who was already facing a charge of wanton endangerment, can now add attempted escape and assault to his list of ongoing legal woes.

In the video, most of the lawyers inside the courtroom quickly duck for cover as the inmate charges. But one brave attorney appears to actually join the group of officers subduing Bakanauskas.

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Police told WHAS11 that despite all of the commotion, no one in the courtroom was in serious danger.

Interestingly, a 2002 Washington Post article points out that attempting a prison escape in Mexico will not earn you any additional criminal charges so long as you don't hurt anyone or break any additional laws in your breakout. "The law says that all inmates have the right to seek their freedom," said Julio Caesar Lara, 27, who served three years in jail but not a day more for his temporary escape from a Mexican jail cell. "The opportunity presented itself, and I took it."

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