NEWS RELEASE                                             

For Immediate Release
March 19, 2008
Contact: Michele Nicholson
Public Information Officer
  (850) 651-7420

NORTHWEST FLORIDA LAWMEN SEARCHING FOR ESCAPED PRISONER 


Eugene Smith

     Law enforcement officers from across Northwest Florida are currently looking for a man who peppersprayed a deputy from Crisp County Georgia this afternoon while at a restroom break off Interstate 10 in Okaloosa County. The suspect, 33-year old Eugene Smith, apparently sprayed the officer in the face, then took his patrol car and headed west on Highway 90 towards Santa Rosa County.

     The officer fired shots at the car. It is unknown if Smith was struck. Smith was being transported back to Crisp County from a location in Texas for a non-violent crime.

    Smith is described as a black male who looks like a female. Hes 59 tall, weighs around 140 pounds, and was wearing blue jeans, a gray top, and a fur imitation jacket.

     Anyone who sees Smith or the patrol car from Crisp County is asked to contact their local law enforcement agency immediately.

      No other details are available at this time.

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