Courthouse escapee captured in Bulloch County

BULLOCH CO., GA (WTOC) - The Bulloch County Sheriff's Office says a man who escaped from the Bulloch County State Courthouse after being sentenced to 30 days in jail was captured a short time later.

The sheriff's office says 24-year-old Steven Yount appeared before a judge Monday on charges of driving while license suspended, speeding, and fleeing from law enforcement. He was taken to a holding cell but managed to get away.

While leaving the area, Yount accelerated his vehicle, striking a deputy. He was arrested near his house about 30 minutes later.

Sheriff Noel Brown says he's pushing for maximum charges.

"Take your punishment and go on about your business. You make it worse on yourself when you compile things and get further charges when you try to hurt somebody," he said.

The deputy is back to work. Yount faces felony charges of escape and aggravated assault on a peace officer.

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