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Escaped Parker County inmate had help

The inmate who escaped from the Parker County Jail early Sunday morning had accomplices who helped him flee to Kaufman County, according to the Sheriff's Department.

Justin Lavon Berry, 23, of Scurry was apprehended Monday night in the woods near a relative's home in Kaufman County after a short foot chase, Parker County Sheriff Larry Fowler said.

It appears that Berry did not plan his escape from inside the jail, Fowler said.

"It was a spur-of-the moment deal; he got gone in a hurry," he said.

Berry got away from a jailer on a trash detail outside the Parker County Jail. He made his way to a deep creek and outran deputies, managing to get to a lumberyard in the Weatherford area where he discarded his jail ID bracelet and shirt.

He then went to a friend's house east of Weatherford and got a ride to Denton, where he hid before getting another ride to Kaufman County.

Deputies from Parker and Kaufman counties found a female acquaintance at a pay phone near the relative's home. She led authorities to Berry.

"I feel certain we will have two, possibly three arrests in the case," Fowler said.

Berry was expected to be taken to a state prison to serve a two-year sentence for violating probation on a burglary conviction, according to the Sheriff's Department.

He will face charges in the jail escape, Fowler said.