Manhunt for OUI fugitive ends with Newry capture

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BETHEL — Oxford County sheriff’s deputies captured a Bethel man in Newry early Wednesday afternoon, almost 12 hours after he escaped from a police cruiser in handcuffs.

Officers from the Oxford County Sheriff’s Department Criminal Investigation Division conducted a full-scale search Wednesday morning for escaped prisoner Macy Jon Blaisdell, 31, of 180 Flat Road, according to Sheriff Wayne Gallant.

Blaisdell was stopped for a traffic violation on Flat Road in West Bethel shortly after 1 a.m. Wednesday by Deputy Robert Ryder. After failing a field sobriety test, Blaisdell was arrested on a charge of operating under the influence, handcuffed and put in the back of a cruiser, the sheriff said.

While Ryder turned away to question the other occupants in Blaisdell’s vehicle, Blaisdell escaped and sprinted into nearby woods, Gallant said.

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He was found about 12:30 p.m. at the home of an acquaintance on Lone Pine Road in Newry, minus the handcuffs, the sheriff said. Deputies rearrested him and charged him with escape as well. He was taken to the Oxford County Jail in Paris.

                                    dfayen@sunjournal.com

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