OCSO: Suspect tried to escape from custody by dressing up as a doctor

Deputies say James Jenkins, Jr. tried to escape custody by dressing up as a doctor and running out of the hospital. (Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office)

OKALOOSA COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Deputies say a man tried to escape from custody by dressing up as a doctor.

Okaloosa County Sheriff's Deputies arrested James "Poppa" Jenkins, Jr., 71, of Fort Walton Beach Monday on an active warrant for selling opiates within 1,000 feet of a school.

Deputies say Jenkins started complaining about chest pain and was taken to a local hospital. They say while waiting for discharge paperwork to be completed, Jenkins came out of his room dressed like a doctor in scrubs and a stethoscope, and tried to run out of the emergency room.

They deputy caught Jenkins.

Jenkins says someone at the hospital brought him the scrubs.

Jenkins is now facing a new charge of resisting arrest without violence and escape.

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