Florida Inmate Escapes Crew, Drinks Sweet Tea Before Returning To Prison

Authorities say a Florida inmate was able to escape prison crews and spent his time on the run enjoying some sweet tea before being captured.

The Putnam County Sheriff's Office says 23-year-old Taylor Fender walked away from a work crew on Monday.

Fender allegedly traveled to a store where he purchased clothes. According to authorities, a customer at the store thought he looked suspicious and called 911.

Fender headed into a restaurant just as a deputy was pulling into a parking spot.

Authorities say a bulletin was issued with Fender's description.

The deputy arrested Fender in the restaurant but not before the inmate ordered and paid for sweet tea.

Fender was returned to prison where he is serving a five-year term for grand theft of a motor vehicle. The sweet tea was left unfinished.

The sheriff's office tweeted, "For some Southerners, that could be considered the bigger crime."


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