South Carolina escaped prisoner captured in Alaska

Posted: Sunday, October 15, 2000

FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Fairbanks man who escaped from a South Carolina prison over a year ago was apprehended Friday after leading law enforcement on a car chase, authorities said.

Federal and local drug enforcement agents, aided by Alaska State Troopers, arrested Andre Brown, 26, Friday morning. Authorities say Brown escaped a federal prison in Edgefield, S.C., on Oct. 11, 1999.

''He was picked up by DEA, who was aware that there was an outstanding warrant from the District of South Carolina,'' said U.S. Marshal Supervisory Deputy Randy Johnson.

Brown and another inmate escaped from the Edgefield Federal Correctional Institution, a minimum-security prison without a fence just over a year ago, authorities said. He was serving a 10-year sentence for selling cocaine and was scheduled to be released in 2003.

The other inmate, Henry Martin Gunnells Jr., surrendered at the prison the morning after the escape.

Brown, who was driving a white Cadillac at the time of his arrest, led DEA agents and troopers on a brief chase, said Lt. Steve Dunnagan with the state troopers.

Dunnagan said Brown hit a trooper judicial services van as Brown was coming out of the apartment complex parking lot, then hit two cars including a local Statewide Drug Enforcement Unit vehicle before sliding into the ditch and a stoplight pole. No one was injured.

Brown was being held at the Fairbanks Correctional Center.

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