Mineral County Escapee Tries to Escape From Flathead Jail

27-year-old inmate was found trying to escape through the ceiling

By Justin Franz

A 27-year-old inmate tried to escape from the Flathead County Detention Center on Oct. 6, a week after he was arrested for escaping from the Mineral County jail.

According to Flathead County Sheriff Chuck Curry, Zachary James Bergman of Kalispell attempted to escape from his cell by kicking through a ceiling shortly before 10 p.m. Bergman successfully busted through the top of his cell but was unable to go any further due to security features in the building. Detention center staff found Bergman soon after in the ceiling.

The failed escape came a week after he was arrested near downtown Kalispell after escaping the Mineral County jail where he was arrested for allegedly stealing an automobile.

Bergman will be facing additional charges for the failed escape.

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