Police say Daniel Wayne Lowe did not return to the San Juan County Adult Detention Center after he was released on a temporary furlough

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FARMINGTON — Police are searching for a 34-year-old man who allegedly failed to return to the county jail after a court-ordered furlough.

Daniel Wayne Lowe was charged May 31 in Aztec Magistrate Court with escape from jail, a fourth-degree felony.

The San Juan County Adult Detention Center reported to the San Juan County Sheriff's Office on May 26 that Lowe failed to report to the jail after he was released on a temporary furlough the previous afternoon, according to an arrest warrant affidavit.

Lowe was released from the jail at 2:20 p.m. May 25 and failed to return to the jail by midnight, the affidavit states.

A deputy attempted to contact Lowe by telephone but was unsuccessful, the affidavit states.

Lowe was being held at the jail on allegations he crashed a stolen motorcycle in November while fleeing deputies near Crouch Mesa. Lowe's 25-year-old girlfriend was critically injured in the crash.

Lowe is also accused of leading a state police officer on a high-speed chase Sept. 9 after stealing a vehicle from outside a San Juan County convenience store.

Proceedings in both of those cases were stayed in December pending a mental competency determination.

Lowe's bond is set at $5,000.

Anyone with information on Lowe's whereabouts can contact the San Juan County Communications Authority at 505-334-6622.

Steve Garrison covers crime and courts for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4644. 

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