Witness recounts run-in with fugitive now on the run again

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Authorities are still searching for a fugitive who was mistakenly released from jail – while one Northland woman remembers her first encounter with a career criminal who is once again leading police on a chase. Jeffrey Michael Haywood remained at-large Friday night.

“My eyes had to be like this big because I’m like, ‘Oh my God! He’s in my front yard!” recalled Sharon Boyd.

It was the evening of March 8, 2010, when Boyd began watching coverage of a police chase on TV.

Kansas City, Mo., officers were hot on the trail of Haywood, a man who was driving a stolen Jeep and was wanted for theft and drug possession.

Prosecutors said Haywood was weaving in and out of traffic in the Northland, hitting dangerous speeds of more than 90 mph when he entered Boyd’s neighborhood and headed toward her home in the 6400 block of Camden Avenue.

“It’s like unbelievable!” she said. “Fences are flying! It was total craziness.”

Haywood drove through several yards, including Boyd’s, where he hit the side of a tree and ran over a fence post – but that wasn’t enough to slow him down.

“You see this on TV,” she said, “but it’s never in your own front yard! But yeah, it was something else, he was driving crazy!”

Haywood eventually surrendered to officers in Kansas City, Kan., and was charged by Platte County prosecutors.

A registered sex offender and career criminal with a long rap sheet, it didn't take long for him to get into more trouble; Haywood got slapped with a 15-year federal prison sentence this past April for breaking into cars and racking up charges on stolen credit cards.

But few weeks ago, he was transferred from the Missouri Department of Corrections to the Jackson County Detention Center on a local charge and was somehow released.

“He’s a menace to society,” Boyd said. “He does not need to be out there, roaming around.”

Jackson County is now investigating, but claims it had no paperwork to indicate Haywood was wanted by the feds.

It’s a mishap that has put Haywood back on the streets and has people like Boyd worried about his next move.

“Luckily the last time, nobody was hurt,” she said. “This time, who knows? I mean, if he’s that reckless, and he’s done it once, what’s to say he won’t do it again?”

Authorities said after FOX 4 broke the story on Haywood’s release, they got a tip about his whereabouts they’re now investigating; But they still need more help! If you’ve seen or heard from Haywood, call CrimeStoppers at (816) 474-TIPS.