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St. Landry inmate captured in Evangeline Parish

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Posted: Jun 24, 2011 3:21 PM
Source: Associated Press

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OPELOUSAS - A St. Landry Parish prisoner who escaped custody in Lafayette Parish Thursday has been captured in Evangeline Parish, authorities said Friday.

Capt. Jimmy Darbonne, spokesman for the St. Landry Parish Sheriff's Office, said Matthew O. Keyes was captured at 10 a.m. Friday by Turkey Creek police following a high speed vehicle pursuit.

"He's sitting in the back of a unit as we speak," Darbonne said. Keyes, 24, jumped out of a van being driven by a St. Landry Parish Sheriff's corrections transport officer shortly before 3 p.m. Thursday while the van was stopped at a red light in Lafayette, officials have said.

Keyes was somehow able to free himself from his leg restraints and handcuffs while in transport, officials said.

Earlier Thursday in St. Landry Parish, Keyes was sentenced to serve more than 20 years in prison on charges of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle; possession of marijuana with intent to distribute; home invasion; and two counts of burglary of a dwelling, Darbonne said.

At the time of his escape, Keyes was being transported to the Lafayette Parish Correctional Center to await a court hearing on unrelated charges, authorities said.

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