Escaped Inmate Search
UPDATE (9:20 P.M.): A search just ended for an inmate who escaped from custody in Boone. James Smith was captured just a short time ago near Bristol, Virginia.
A search is underway in Boone for an escaped prisoner who may be traveling through the mountains.
Police say James Smith was being transported by an Alexander County deputy when he somehow got the keys to the handcuffs and got away.
Smith is accused of getting in a shootout with police in May, and then leading police on a 20-mile chase in June. Police say he ditched his jail-issued clothing along Old Highway 421 in Watauga County.
They believe he could be trying to get to Tennessee. If you see him, call police.