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Parker County inmate captured in Kaufman County

An inmate who escaped from the Parker County Jail while taking out the trash was picked up in Kaufman County late Monday after going on the lam for about a day and a half, Parker County Sheriff Larry Fowler said.

Parker County authorities had been searching for Justin Lavon Berry, 23, of Scurry, since he took off about 1 a.m. Sunday, leading a corrections officer on a foot pursuit, eventually escaping despite a search by Weatherford police, the sheriff’s department and a Texas Department of Public Safety helicopter.

"This thing has been going 24/7 since he took off," Fowler said of the search.

Capt. Mike Morgan of the Parker County Sheriff's Office said police interviewed family members and friends of Berry and were chasing leads in the area on Monday.

Information from Parker County authorities led Kaufman County authorities to a home near Highway 148 in the Lively area, where Berry was arrested without incident, said Sgt. Bryan Francis, a Kaufman County police spokesman.

Francis said he was released to U.S. Marshals late Monday.

Fowler hopes to charge Berry with an additional offense for the escape, which according to a news release from Fowler's office carries a punishment of ten years.

Berry was to begin serving a two-year sentence at a state jail for a probation violation related to burglary of a building charge, according to the release.

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