Work release inmate captured in Florida

Ark. inmate escapes work release in stolen SUV

JONESBORO, Ark. (KAIT) - A work release inmate who had been sought since this week after he reportedly fled from a job site is now in custody.

The station reported that Christopher Baggett was arrested around 8:15 a.m. June 8 by Santa Rosa County sheriff’s deputies in Florida.

The Arkansas Department of Correction had been searching for Baggett, who drove away from a work release job site in a stolen SUV.

State prison officials said in a Facebook post Mobile, Alabama police, Biloxi police and Florida Highway Patrol played a role in Baggett’s arrest.

Baggett, 46, was assigned to the Mississippi County Work Release Center in Luxora.

He was working at a site just outside of Wilson when he drove away in a stolen white Chevy Trailblazer with Arkansas license plate number 222-YHB, authorities said Thursday.

Baggett was serving 18 years for multiple felony convictions, including residential burglary and theft of property.

Baggett will be held in Florida until he is extradited back to Arkansas, officials said.

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