Jones County Sheriff’s Department Chief Deputy Barbara Burnette stated in a press release Feb. 11 that Michael Shane Upshaw Jr. escaped from custody at Exit 201 off I-75 in Butts County.
Lt. Ed Bailey was in charge of the investigation of the escape that concluded with the serving of a warrant for the crime of escape to Upshaw in the maximum-security wing of the prison.
Bailey said he was on his way to the Sheriff’s Department about 7:30 a.m. Feb. 11 when he received word about the escape. The lieutenant supervises the transport of inmates and immediately changed his route to Jackson.
Deputy Bub Lister was transporting Upshaw and another inmate back to the prison when the escape occurred. Bailey said Upshaw somehow got his window rolled down and jumped out of the patrol car as it slowed to turn onto Highway 36 that leads to the prison.
He said just how the prisoner was able to roll down the window is still under investigation.
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