Posted: Feb 17, 2012 9:41 AM by AP
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A man wanted by Rayne authorities after he escaped and stole a city truck has been arrested in Baton Rouge.
The Advertiser of Lafayette says 42-year-old John Jesse Smith escaped Feb. 4. He was a state trusty and was being allowed to perform public works projects outside of the Rayne jail.
Baton Rouge police spotted the truck late Wednesday and gave chase. Authorities said that after the truck crashed, Smith fled on foot and was apprehended a short time later by a K-9 unit.