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Police: Former Ducks football player Colt Lyerla overdosed after escape from corrections center

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HILLSBORO, OR (KPTV) -

Former Oregon Ducks football player Colt Lyerla was caught after he escaped from the Washington County Community Corrections Center and overdosed on heroin, according to police.

Corrections center staff responded to an alarm that was triggered when a window was opened in the first floor dormitory on Thursday afternoon.

Everyone in custody was ordered to return to their dorm rooms for a headcount. After a search of the building, it was determined Lyerla had escaped from a dorm room window.

A warrant was then issued for his arrest.

Hillsboro police responded to a report of an overdose occurring on the 1700 block of Parkside Drive on Friday. Police said Lyerla was the person overdosing on heroin.

The person who called 911 said Lyerla was unconscious and they were performing CPR. First responders arrived to find Lyerla awake and responsive. 

The people in the home said they administered Narcan, an anti-overdose drug, to Lyerla. 

Police said Lyerla attempted to run away as he was being escorted to an ambulance, but he didn't get far before being taken into custody. 

Lyerla was taken to the hospital for treatment. Once released, police said he will be booked into the Washington County Jail. 

Lyerla, 24, was transferred from the Washington County Jail to the Washington County Community Corrections Center on April 26 to serve six months after pleading guilty to forgery charges in April.  

The Washington County Community Corrections Center is a minimum security work release and transition facility in Hillsboro.

The center released a statement Friday saying Lyerla was within the center's two-week orientation phase and was not allowed to leave the facility.

Lyerla had received a minor program violation for passing a note to a woman in the center. As a result, his movement within the center was restricted and he was not supposed to leave his dorm area.

"It is important to remember that Mr. Lyerla was at no time considered a danger to the public and had not behaved in any way that would suggest he was at risk of attempting to escape," according to the corrections center. 

Lyerla was arrested in March after investigators said he was passing counterfeit bills around the Hillsboro area.

As part of a plea agreement, a charge of possession of heroin was dismissed.

Lyerla was arrested last August in Hillsboro on the charge possession of heroin, according to an Associated Press report. He previously pleaded guilty in December 2013 to cocaine possession.

A DUI charge in 2014 was dismissed.

Lyerla was a standout tight end for the Oregon Ducks, before leaving the team in 2013 following a suspension for violating team rules.

Lyerla was not drafted by an NFL team, but he signed with the Green Bay Packers prior to the 2014 season. He was cut with an injury settlement after injuring his knee in training camp, according to ESPN.

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