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Kentucky escapees back in custody after police chase in Ohio: reports

Brandon Long, 32, and Paul Napier, 30, were captured in Ohio on Thursday night after escaping from a prison in Kentucky earlier in the day.
(Franklin County Sheriff’s Office)

Two prisoners on the run from a Kentucky prison, caught late Thursday in Ohio after leading police on a chase through multiple counties, authorities said.

Brandon Long, 32, and Paul Napier, 30, was arrested along with a female driver on Interstate 71 near Ashland (Ohio), the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office said.

Law enforcement agencies in Ohio were alerted to the two escapees around 7:40 a.m. The pair, who were both convicted on burglary charges, escaped from the Lewis County Detention Center in Kentucky via a side door around 3 a.m. when an electrical fault from a car accident resulted in the opening of the door, Huntington, W. Va. WSAZ-TV reported.

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About an hour later a K-9 unit saw the prisoners driving in a stolen car, FOX 8 Cleveland reported. Officers chased the suspects, along the road through Delaware, Morrow, Richland and Wood counties.

Ohio State Highway Patrol units other than a member of the sheriff’s office in the yacht, police said.

Deputies subdued Napier after a foot chase, the Sheriff’s Office said. The police set up a perimeter and used K-9’s to detect Long, who had evaded immediate capture, in less than an hour later.

Both men were listed as being eligible for early release in 2019, according to WSAZ-TV.

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