Bulloch County sheriff's deputies, answering a call about a suspicious person Friday night, captured an inmate who had escaped from the Smith State Prison Transitional Center in Claxton.
Bulloch County Sheriff Noel Brown said Aaron Reynolds, 26, had walked away from a work detail at Claxton Poultry earlier.
Deputy Morgan Jones responded to a call about a suspicious person around 11:30 p.m. at the Patriot Inn, on Highway 301 South near Interstate 16, he said.
Reynolds gave Jones the wrong name and birthdate, and when other deputies arrived to assist, he fled on foot, Brown said.
However, he soon was captured and identified as the escaped inmate. Deputies also found a Kawasaki ATV in his possession that had been reported stolen by an Evans County resident, he said.
Reynolds, serving a sentence for burglary, theft and gang participation out of Floyd County, according to the Georgia Department of Corrections website (www.dcor.gas/us), was charged by Bulloch County sheriff's deputies with theft by receiving stolen property, obstruction and giving false information.
Evans County authorities will charge him with escape, Brown said.
After being booked at the Bulloch County Jail, Reynolds was returned to Smith State Prison Transitional Center in Claxton.