Inmate Escapes in Fire Truck On New Year’s (Photo)

Inmate Fire Truck – An inmate who used a fire truck to escape from prison is back behind bars.

Thomas Francis Kelly escaped from the Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility in southern San Diego County.

Allegedly, the 51-year-old inmate was a member of the jail’s firefighting crew at the penitentiary, and he helped himself to one of their fire trucks to free himself from the facility.

His choice of a getaway vehicle was less than inconspicuous as he drove carelessly through Spring Valley, largest decentralized community in San Diego county. The yellow prison emergency truck was later located at a local 7-Eleven convenient store.

San Diego Deputies, The Richard J. Donovan Prison, Investigative Services Unit and Crisis Response Teams, Special Agents from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation’s were all involved in the search for the fugitive.

Kelly was a minimum-security inmate who was behind bars for a 2008 parole violation. He was on parole for stealing a vehicle. Prior to his jail break, he was due to be released in December 2013; however, after this stunt, there is no telling when he will see the light of day again.

According to the prison staff, Kelly’s escape took place on New Year’s Day. He was picked up by the Office of Correctional Safety (OCS) at an east county trolley depot in Lemon Grove on Tuesday, January 3 just prior to 9:30 a.m.; he is currently back at the RJD state prison without his fire truck.

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