TIFTON -- An Irwin County man faces felony escape charges after he escaped the Irwin County jail Wednesday only to be recaptured a few hours later.
According to Irwin County sheriff Donnie Youghn, Shevis Reid was arrested Wednesday morning for selling crack cocaine, selling a controlled substance and a probation violation. He was detained in the jail's "bullpen" area before he took off his clothes and scaled a fence, which was covered with razor wire at the top.
He was soon found missing and sheriff's officials began the search along with help from the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Georgia State Patrol, Ben Hill County Sheriff's Department, Tift County Sheriff's Department and the Valdosta Correctional Institute. Tracking dogs and helicopters were also used in the search.
Reid was found about two hours later in an apartment on South Oak Street, about three or four blocks from the jail, Youghn said. The sheriff added that Reid was alone in the apartment.
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