Police find escaped prisoner

Published: Wednesday, January 30, 2008 at 11:49 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 30, 2008 at 11:49 a.m.

Lake City Police located a man early Wednesday who is wanted after escaping from the Georgia Department of Corrections last month.


David Lee Sweet

Police found David Lee Sweet, 51, hiding in woods near the Longhorn Saloon, 723 NE Duval St., at about 3:30 a.m.

An officer had been checking the business because of recent burglaries at the building and found new damage indicated someone may have tried to break in.

A search uncovered a man nearby who was wearing gloves and items officers described as burglary tools, officers reported. The man confessed to an attempted burglary but gave different names to officers. He eventually was identified as Sweet, who escaped from custody in Valdosta, Ga., on Dec. 3, 2007.

Sweet is facing charges in Columbia County for burglary, possession of burglary tools and resisting arrest without violence.

Georgia corrections records show Sweet has a criminal history dating back to the late 1970s with charges including robbery and burglary. He had a tentative parole date in July and was last listed as an inmate at the Valdosta Transitional Center in Lowndes County in southern Georgia.

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