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Escapee stopped for not wearing seatbelt

Eric Kenneth Coe, who walked off a state inmate work detail here Aug. 12, was caught Aug. 18 after a routine traffic stop by state troopers in Roanoke Rapids, N.C. Coe was driving the Ford Ranger pickup he allegedly stole in Forsyth County. He previously stole a Ford Explorer from a local man. Trooper Sam Corn pulled Coe over about 11:30 a.m. for not wearing his seat belt. A second trooper, Thayer Forsht, arrived shortly after the stop. Coe gave officers the fake name of John Lim Barker and a fake date of birth of Jan. 6, 1994. Coe said he was en route to visit his mother and that he only had five dollars. The troopers ran the truck’s tag and learned it was stolen. The troopers said Coe could not provide phone numbers of anyone who could confirm his identity and eventually confessed. Coe was alone when he was caught. An investigation is ongoing in Forsyth County where authorities allege a person or persons may have aided Coe in his flight from justice.

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