CHRISTOPHER JAY DOOLAN

Doolan

WOODSTOCK — The Mount Jackson man who didn’t return to custody after being allowed to leave the Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren County Jail for a doctor’s appointment was arrested Saturday.

Christopher Doolan, 37, of the 300 block of Turkey Knob Road, was charged in Warren County General District Court on a count of felony escape after being arrested by the Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office.

The jail is located in Warren County.

Details of Doolan’s arrest weren’t available in court documents, but a bail checklist states that he was sitting beside the road, saw law enforcement officers, turned around, put his hands behind his back and gave them no problems.

Doolan was previously in custody for a probation violation — having been charged with larceny, fraud and burglary charges — upon admittedly using the opioid buprenorphine, according to court documents. He was booked Aug. 23 at RSW for violating probation.

On Aug. 27, Shenandoah County Circuit Court Judge Kevin Black allowed Doolan to attend an Aug. 31 medical appointment at RMH Sentara in Rockingham County. The hospital visit was requested by Doolan’s public defender Peter McDermott and agreed upon by the Shenandoah County Commonwealth’s Attorney Office.

Doolan said he had surgery scheduled that day, according to court documents. He was permitted to leave RSW at 5 a.m. Aug. 31, go directly to the hospital, and return to the jail by 9 p.m.

But Doolan never returned, prompting a search by the Warren County and Shenandoah County sheriff’s offices.

After being located and arrested, Doolan’s probation violation charges in Shenandoah County Circuit Court were continued to Sept. 15. Judge Black said granting the medical furlough was “ill-advised.”

McDermott requested to withdraw from representing Doolan on the probation charges. Black allowed that and replaced McDermott with attorney Joseph Hopson.

Doolan is due in Warren County General District Court for the new charge at 1:45 p.m. Oct. 6.

He is being held at RSW without bond.

Contact Charles Paullin at cpaullin@nvdaily.com