Escaped inmate captured in southern Oklahoma

Wednesday, October 20th 2004, 5:57 am
By: News On 6

DURANT, Okla. (AP) -- An escaped Oklahoma inmate Tuesday took an FBI sport utility vehicle after fighting with an agent and a Bryan County sheriff's deputy.

FBI spokesman Gary Johnson says 38-year-old William A. Newell was apprehended in Coal County a few hours after he took the 2003 Ford Explorer and the shotgun inside it.

Johnson says an agent and deputy were traveling in Durant when a citizen told them a man wearing an orange jail jumpsuit was walking down the street.

The officers approached Newell -- and a fight broke out.

Authorities say Newell took the 2003 Ford Explorer the two officers were using.

Newell had been held at the Bryan County Jail for auto theft. Johnson says details of his escape weren't immediately known.