HOMERVILLE — A Clinch County jail inmate who escaped from the jail here June 13 has been re-captured and is again under lock and key, said Clinch County Sheriff-elect Raymond Peterson.
Michael Chance Copeland, 31, was taken into custody Monday evening near DuPont, said Peterson.
“A citizen saw him and contacted us,” said Peterson. “We chased him around Corbitt Road and the DuPont community for about an hour and a half but we finally captured him near DuPont.”
Copeland, who was in jail on theft charges, is additionally charged with obstruction, probation violation, escape, theft of a vehicle and damage to government property, Peterson said.
He was being detained in a holding cell in the jail when he chipped out a cement block and squeezed through the opening, then removed ceiling panels and made his way to the sheriff’s office. Once outside, Copeland stole a 2015 Ford F-150 pickup truck and fled. The truck was recovered in Hamilton County, Fla.
“He is being held at the present time in the Ware County jail,” said Peterson.