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Deputies: Escaped inmate caught after stealing truck, crashing on I-75

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Posted at 2:46 PM, Jun 20, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-20 18:55:59-04

JACKSON COUNTY, Fla. — The escaped inmate who stole a Town of Sneads truck and fled his work detail has been caught.

According to the Columbia County Sheriff's Office, James Bolding, has been caught.


A manhunt is underway for an inmate who fled his work detail by stealing a Town of Sneads truck.

At about 12:45 p.m. Thursday, an Apalachee Correctional Institution inmate, 49-year-old James Bolding, stole a Town of Sneads truck and fled a work detail.

The Suwannee County Sheriff's offices say Bolding then crashed that truck on I-75 near the intersection of I-10. Deputies say the crash happened around 4:30 p.m. Columbia County deputies report Bolding fled from the Florida Highway Patrol by running into the woods on the south side of I-10.

Authorities say K-9 units are now tracking Bolding in Columbia County in the area of Lake Jeffrey Road. Deputies are asking residents in the northeast area of Suwannee County to make sure their vehicles are secured and their house doors are looked.

Bolding is a middle-aged white man with closely trimmed hair, who is originally from Clearwater, Florida, but has family members in North Carolina. He was wearing a blue inmate uniform at the time of his disappearance.

Officers also provided a description of the truck Bolding road off in:

- White 2005 Ford Ranger pick-up truck
- Town of Sneads emblems on driver and passenger doors
- Tool box

You are asked to call 911 immediately if you spot the truck or Bolding.