By Greg Bird
Authorities are searching for McCreary County native Joshua New after he ran away from a work-release crew in Letcher County Tuesday afternoon.
New, a state inmate serving time at the Leslie County Detention Center for drug charges, was working with a jail work-release crew cutting trees near the Letcher County and Perry County line when he reportedly told the officer supervising the inmates he needed to use the bathroom before he ran off.
Letcher County Sheriff’s Deputies, Kentucky State Police and Leslie County Detention Center officers have been searching the area for the escapee since Tuesday.
WYMT News reports New broke in to a home in the area after his escape and confronted the homeowner, offering her $10,000 to take him to McCreary County. New reportedly fled from the home after being confronted by the woman.
Leslie County Jailer Danny Clark stated New was serving time for drug charges, but was set for release in about a month.
Now he faces an additional five to ten years added to his sentence on escape and persistent felony offender charges.
Anyone with information concerning the location of Joshua New are urged to contact the Kentucky State Police (606) 878-6622, the McCreary County Sheriff’s Department (606) 376-2322, or 911.