AUGUST 3, 2004 - Posted at 2:57 p.m. CDT
JONESBORO, AR - An inmate working with a crew on the Arkansas State University campus escaped today in a pickup truck.
Prison officials say James P. Hall managed to slip away in a black pick-up truck while the rest of the crew was cleaning a ditch. He was serving two-and-a-half years for second degree battery and theft of property charges out of Poinsett and Craighead counties.
A K8 News photographer said the remaining work detail crew inmates have been loaded onto a bus on the ASU campus while a search for Hall is underway.
He would have been eligible for parole December 7. He was wearing his white prison uniform at the time of the escape.