Tuesday, January 28, 2003

Speeding violation nabs 2 jail escapees

Ga. holds Ky. murder suspect, arsonist

The Associated Press

RUSSELLVILLE, Ky. - Two men who escaped from a western Kentucky jail were arrested Monday in Georgia, authorities said.

David Anthony Harrison, 22, of Auburn, and Jason Wade Gatson, 20, of Russellville escaped from the Logan County Detention Center on Sunday night, according to Kentucky State Police.

Mr. Harrison, charged with murder, was awaiting a February trial before his escape. Mr. Wade had pleaded guilty to first- and third-degree arson and criminal mischief. He was awaiting a final sentencing, state police dispatcher John Lile said Monday.

The two were arrested Monday morning in Tifton, Ga. They were being held in the Tift County Jail awaiting extradition to Kentucky. Kentucky State Police Trooper Nick Stephens said the two were arrested after being pulled over for speeding. The suspects were traveling north on Interstate 75 when they were clocked by police at 86 mph in a 55 mph zone. Mr. Harrison, who was driving the vehicle, was also charged with speeding, driving with a suspended license, eluding police and giving false information to an officer, Trooper Stephens said.

Both men now face second-degree escape charges, state police said.

The two apparently kicked open the door of their cell, and fled out a fire escape door, police said.

Rose Rogers, 33, of Russellville, was also arrested in Georgia. She is also being held in the Tift County Jail, on charges of hindering prosecution and apprehension in connection with the escape.

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