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Sheriff: Man faces escape charge after fleeing alcohol, drug rehabilitation center

Clifford Lawton Brinson

    A man who refused to follow rules at a local alcohol and drug rehabilitation center flunked a second chance to comply, and fled when deputies came to take him away, said Bulloch County Sheriff Lynn Anderson.
    Clifford Lawton Brinson, 24, Mossy Creek Road, added a charge of escape to his record when he fled from deputies, Statesboro Police officers and Georgia State Patrol troopers, he said.
    Brinson was on probation for burglary charges when he broke probation by committing another crime — false report of a crime, Anderson said. Brinson told deputies someone stole his vehicle, which was untrue, he said.
    He went to court regarding the probation violation and was sentenced to six months in jail, part of which included his participation in a drug rehabilitation program, he said.
    Brinson was taken to John’s Place, but “got into some trouble and was removed from the program,” he said.
    However, Brinson was given another chance to go through the rehabilitation program at John’s Place. Yet again, he refused to follow the rules, Anderson said.
    When deputies arrived Monday afternoon to take Brinson into custody, “he fled out the back door,” he said.
    It was around 4:30 p.m. when Brinson escaped, and law enforcement officers saturated the neighborhood in search of him. Citizens in the area “ were aware” of why officers were in the neighborhood, and around 8:30 p.m., one citizen located Brinson “hiding in a shed near Lee’s Restaurant”  on Harden Street.
    The citizen chased Brinson and held him until police arrived to take him into custody, Anderson said.
    While Brinson was at large, Bulloch County Sheriff’s Investigator Jared Akins issued a felony escape warrant for Brinson. After being captured, he was arrested on the felony escape charges and taken to the Bulloch County Jail, where he remains without bond, according to jail records.
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