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Escapee captured

According to the Butts County Sheriff’s Office, the Escapee was captured around the 195 mile marker on I-75 southbound in the wood line Tuesday night. No one was injured in the apprehension. Michael Shane Upshaw Jr., 26, was being transported by Jones County authorities to the Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Prison when he escaped around 7:35 a.m. near the Interstate 75 exit at Ga. Highway 36, authorities said. The prison is located not far from the exit. **************************** from Jackson Progress Argus The inmate who escaped from Jones County authorities Tuesday while being transported to the state prison near Jackson is back in custody. Butts County Sheriff Gary Long said Michael Shane Upshaw Jr. was recaptured a little after 9 p.m. Tuesday along Interstate 75 near mile marker 195 south of Butts County. Upshaw had escaped custody around 7:35 a.m. Tuesday in the area of exit 201, near the Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Prison on Ga. Highway 36. Long said Upshaw, 26, was being transported to the prison Tuesday night after being apprehended following 14 hours on the run. He said Upshaw was spotted walking in the emergency lane by a Georgia Department of Corrections K-9 unit that was patrolling down the interstate. The sheriff said Upshaw initially tried to run from the officer but was apprehended without incident. Long said Upshaw told authorities he had gotten lost in some woods for some time before making his way back to the interstate. Jones County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Barbara Burnette said Upshaw had been picked up from the prison to be taken to Jones County for a court hearing on a burglary charge and was being transported back to the prison Tuesday morning when the escape occurred. She said Upshaw reportedly escaped from a patrol car through the back window while the car was stopped on the exit ramp of I-75 at exit 201. She said supervisors from Jones County were in Butts County Tuesday investigating the circumstances surrounding the escape. Burnette said a second inmate also in the patrol car did not escape. According to Department of Corrections records, Upshaw is currently serving sentences handed down in Bibb County for a number of Christmas Eve 2010 crimes, including armed robbery, hijacking a motor vehicle and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Records show he also has previous convictions in Jones County for crimes in 2005 and 2008. Long, the Butts County sheriff, said an escape charge would be pending against Upshaw for which he could face additional prison time.A white male jumped from a Jones County patrol car about 8:30 a.m. just east of Love’s Travel Plaza and fled. ************************************* He should be easy to spot. He has on blue shorts, a striped shirt and handcuffs. The escapee must be pretty resourceful. He is still at large and Butts County schools are reportedly on lockdown until his capture. More from the Jackson Progress-Argus’¦ Authorities searched on Tuesday for a prisoner who reportedly escaped while being transported to the state prison near Jackson. Michael Shane Upshaw Jr., 26, was being transported by Jones County authorities to the Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Prison when he escaped around 7:35 a.m. near the Interstate 75 exit at Ga. Highway 36, authorities said. The prison is located not far from the exit. Butts County Sheriff Gary Long said authorities from the state Department of Corrections, along with deputies from Butts, Lamar and Monroe counties, were conducting a search of the area around the interchange Tuesday morning using K-9 officers. Long said authorities had set up a large perimeter around the area of the Love’s truck stop near where Upshaw reportedly escaped and were saturating the area with patrols in an attempt to locate him. Upshaw was believed to have escaped into a wooded area and is considered dangerous. Butts County School System officials said in a posting on the system’s Facebook page that they were told by authorities there was no threat to any school, but a precautionary lockdown was enacted at all five school buildings in the county Tuesday. According to Department of Corrections records, Upshaw is currently serving sentences handed down in Bibb County for a number of Christmas Eve 2010 crimes, including armed robbery, hijacking a motor vehicle and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Records show he also has previous convictions in Jones County for crimes in 2005 and 2008. Jones County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Barbara Burnette said Upshaw had been picked up from the prison to be taken to Jones County for a court hearing on a burglary charge and was being transported back to the prison Tuesday when the escape occurred. She said Upshaw reportedly escaped from a patrol car through the back window while the car was stopped on the exit ramp of I-75 at exit 201. She said supervisors from Jones County were in Butts County Tuesday investigating the circumstances surrounding the escape. Burnette said a second inmate also in the patrol car did not escape. Four hours after the escape, Long, the Butts County sheriff, said Upshaw had still not been located but that K-9s were still tracking him.

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