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January 9, 2013

Escaped inmate tracked down, arrested

— DECATUR, Ala. (AP) — Police in north Alabama have arrested a man who escaped a work release program in late December and has been on the run for nearly two weeks.

WAFF-TV reports (http://bit.ly/Wz6Mr7 ) Johnny Wayne Johnson, who fled his work release program in Decatur on Dec. 31, is back in police custody.

Authorities say they found Johnson's car in Cullman County and arrested him along with an accomplice, Valerie Barnett, who is charged with facilitating escape. Officials say Johnson resisted arrest and suffered bite wounds to his head and arm when a police dog was used to subdue him.

Johnson, who was originally arrested on drug charges, has been charged with escape.

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