Albany prisoner escapes at hospital

Albany prisoner escapes at hospital

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - A Dougherty County jail inmate is on the run after an early morning escape Tuesday.

Police say James Parker broke away from a deputy following a hospital visit.

Jail officials said they don't consider Parker violent, but urge people to use caution if they encounter him.

Parker was arrested by Albany Police Monday night for possession of cocaine, spice, and marijuana.

Around midnight at the jail he claimed he was sick.

"He claimed he had ingested some methamphetamine," said Dougherty County Sheriff's Office Jail Director Colonel John Ostrander. "So we transported him to Phoebe Putney emergency room."

Parker was treated and declared okay to return to jail around 3:30 a.m.

"He was being walked back out to the vehicle by the deputy, [and] as the deputy went to open the back door of the vehicle, the inmate broke loose and ran," said Ostrander. "The deputy was unable to catch him at the time."

Parker was handcuffed with his hands in the front, and was wearing a blue jumpsuit seen in his mug shot.

Officials said Parker has a criminal history, but mostly drug charges.

"We don't expect him to be violent," said Ostrander. "But naturally he is an escaped inmate, so we do encourage everyone to use caution."

Parker is 5'10" inches tall and weighs 181 pounds. If you have any information about Parker call the Sheriff's Office at 431-3259, or call 911.

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