UPDATE: Escaped inmate captured in Howard County

Thursday, August 9, 2012 | 3:47 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — A male inmate was caught Thursday morning after overpowering a Pettis County deputy during transport with two other inmates from Pettis County Jail to state prisons in Vandalia and Fulton.

At 6:55 a.m., the inmate overpowered the deputy and took control of the patrol car at an eastbound Boonville rest area, according to a release from the Missouri State Highway Patrol. The car was stopped at the rest area at the time, said Capt. Dave Keller of the Pettis County Sheriff’s Department.

The two other inmates, one male and one female, were confined in the back seat while the escaping inmate fled in the Pettis County car.

The Boonville Police Department and Patrol aircraft located the escapee in Howard County, after he drove the car into a field, according to the release.

The search for the escapee ended at 9:50 a.m. when a highway patrol aircraft located him. The manhunt included law enforcement officers from nine different agencies. The inmate, identified as Ronald W. Greer Jr., was placed back into the custody of the Pettis County Sheriff's Department.

The transporting officer was "somewhat scuffed up," Keller said, and was treated at Boonville Hospital for minor injuries and released.

The Pettis County Sheriff’s Department will conduct an internal investigation to determine how the escaping inmate overpowered the deputy, Keller said.

Supervising editor is Dan Burley.

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