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A man who escaped Waynesville police custody two nights ago has been arrested in Canton.

WPD initially arrested Joshua Wooten for breaking into vehicles and Hazelwood Tire.

“While officers were checking the area for any other damage or things being broken into, somehow he escaped from the patrol car,” said Waynesville Interim Police Chief Brian Beck. “Then he started a countywide, or at least citywide, crime spree of break-ins and larcenies.”

Canton Police Chief Shawn Gaddis said that Saturday morning, his department received information from a credible source that Wooten had been spotted at a business on Champion Drive. Not long after, a vehicle Wooten had stolen from near the scene where he escaped was spotted in Canton.

“We had a vehicle chase that led to a foot chase, and they were able to apprehend him without incident,” Gaddis said.

“All the agencies worked really well hand-in-hand, and we had a successful outcome,” he added.

Beck, who noted that Wooten was also the suspect in a Russ Ave. moped chase that made some rounds on social media, said no violent crimes were committed while he was on the run.

As of now, Wooten has been charged with larceny of a motor vehicle, but it is likely that more charges, including felony fleeing to allude arrest in a motor vehicle, will be filed.

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