Orleans Parish Criminal District Court is undergoing renovations including for removal of asbestos and lead in New Orleans, La. Thursday, March 2, 2017.

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A man who gave a positive result on a drug test ran out of New Orleans' criminal courthouse, got into a car, and fled before he could be remanded to jail, according to the Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office.

Walter Jackson, 21, was directed to be seated by a judge after being informed he had failed the drug test and would be returned to jail. Before he could be taken into custody he bolted and fled in the waiting car. A woman who was with him in the courtroom was detained briefly, but later released after it was determined she had no involvement. 

Jackson, who was facing charges of principal to theft of a vehicle, contributing to the delinquency of juveniles as well as intimidating/impeding/injuring a witness, was last known to be living at 7461 Bullard Ave. in New Orleans East. 

Anyone with knowledge of Jackson’s whereabouts is asked to call the Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office or the New Orleans Police Department.

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