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February 20, 2014

Enid man escapes from a GCSO car during transport

ENID, Okla. — A 42-year-old Enid man escaped custody of a Garfield County Sheriff’s Office deputy as he was being transported back from Grant County Thursday afternoon.

Shaun Scott Sprowls, also known as Shawn, was sentenced in Grant County District Court to eight years in Department of Corrections custody Thursday morning for manufacturing of methamphetamine.

Sprowls was being transported back to Garfield County, where he has pending drug charges, when he kicked out the back window of a GCSO squad car.

Sheriff Jerry Niles said the escape occurred at about 2:50 p.m., when the deputy transporting Sprowls stopped at the stop sign at 4th and Randolph.

Sprowls was able to leave the vehicle and ran from the scene.

“In the process, he was able to get out of his leg irons, belly chains and handcuffs in the span of two blocks,’ Niles said. “We’re still investigating how he was able to do that.”

During his flight, Sprowls kicked in the door of an occupied apartment in the 500 block of East Randolph. Niles said he told the person inside the apartment he was “hiding from the law.”

Niles said an off-duty jail employee witnessed the escape and was able to follow Sprowls in her private vehicle and report his location.

Deputies and Enid Police Department officers set up a perimeter around the apartment, and when Sprowls stepped outside he was taken into custody.

Sprowls was booked on felony complaints of escape from arrest, first-degree burglary and destruction of county property.

Niles said because of the proximity of the escape to local schools, Garfield Elementary School and Longfellow Middle School both were locked down. It’s A Small World Child Care Center also was locked down.

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