Is it harder to escape prison or stay on the run? Tough to say but this escaped inmate proves it’s pretty difficult to constantly outrun the cops, so he turned himself in. But he didn’t return to the jail to turn himself over to authorities — he hit up a local bar.
The manhunt for 45-year-old Shaun Higham, which had grown to include several state agencies and the U.S. Marshals Service, ended peacefully about five miles outside the town of Paris, Logan County Sheriff Boyd Hicks said in a Facebook post.
Hicks told the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette earlier there had been no sightings of Higham since he picked a lock and ran out of the county jail on June 28, and that it was believed he may have fled the county.
Hingham never made it out of the area and eventually just got tired and hungry and god damn it he needed a beer.
But when Higham turned up at Mitch’s Place on Arkansas 22 Tuesday night, he was wearing a dirty prison uniform and covered in insect bites, the Facebook post said. Hicks said in the post that a motorist called before 9:15 p.m. to report a man matching Higham’s description walking along the road. While police were searching the area, the owner at the bar called to say that Higham was there wanting to turn himself in.
When police arrived, Higham was drinking a beer and surrendered without incident, the post said.
“And that’s how it came to pass, that on the second-to-last day of the job, the convict crew that tarred the plate factory roof in the spring of ’49 wound up sitting in a row at ten o’clock in the morning, drinking icy cold Bohemia-style beer, courtesy of the hardest screw that ever walked a turn at Shawshank State Prison…The colossal prick even managed to sound magnanimous. We sat and drank with the sun on our shoulders and felt like free men. Hell, we could have been tarring the roof of one of our own houses. We were the Lords of all Creation. As for Andy, he spent that break hunkered in the shade, a strange little smile on his face, watching us drink his beer…You could argue he’d done it to curry favor with the guards, or maybe make a few friends among us cons. Me? I think he did it just to feel normal again, if only for a short while.”
[via Arkansas Online]