For Immediate Release
March 20, 2008
Contact: Michele Nicholson
Public Information Officer
ESCAPED INMATE FACES MULTIPLE CHARGES
An inmate who escaped from a Georgia deputy during a restroom break in Holt is now in the Okaloosa County jail. 33-year old Eugene Smith, aka Clifford Eugene Baker, is charged with escape, aggravated battery on a law enforcement officer, and grand theft auto.
Smith was being extradited back to Crisp County Georgia from Houston Texas on a financial identity fraud charge when they stopped at Brown’s Grocery Store on Highway 90 in Holt Wednesday afternoon around 3:30. Smith sprayed the deputy with pepper spray, grabbed his keys and then took off in the patrol car. The deputy fired one shot into the driver’s side front windshield.
Smith fled west into Santa Rosa County where an intense search took place. The patrol car was located Wednesday night. Smith was apprehended Thursday morning after being spotted walking nearly Highway 90 west of Holt.
In a statement given to deputies, Smith says he had the pepper spray with him since being in jail in Houston. He said he planned and executed the attack on the deputy, left the patrol car in the woods, and spent Wednesday night in an abandoned trailer.
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