A man who escaped Thursday from a prison work detail in Metter was captured Friday morning after a homeowner spotted him in her back yard.
Brett Michael Sellers, 25, who was an inmate with the Emanuel County Probation Detention Center, "asked for water and a cigarette" after he was apprehended, said interim Candler County Sheriff Blake Hendrix.
Sellers didn't get very far after his escape around
1 p.m. Thursday from a North Lewis Street location. He was found off Union Road in Metter after the woman who saw him in her yard called law enforcement, Hendrix said.
"We had a helicopter in the air that hovered over the area, " and law enforcement officers from several agencies closed in to take Sellers into custody, he said.
Sellers was still wearing his brown prison jumpsuit when he was apprehended. He did not resist capture, Hendrix said.
Sellers was in the Emanuel County PDC on charges of probation violation, possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug-related objects, according to records from the Washington County Jail, where he was first incarcerated before being sentenced on the charges. Before that, in 2010, he was jailed on forgery charges.
Hendrix said the Sheriff's Department will charge Sellers with escape.
Agencies involved in the search Thursday and Friday include the Candler County Sheriff's Office, the Metter Police Department, the Georgia Department of Corrections, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, Georgia State Patrol, the U.S. Marshals Service, Oak Park Police, Candler County EMA, Metter Fire & Rescue, the Statesboro-Bulloch County Crime Suppression Team and the Bulloch County Sheriff's Office, Hendrix said.
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