Local probationer caught in central Florida

By The Associated Press

OCALA, Fla. — Florida Highway Patrol officials have arrested a probation violator from Mississippi, who Pontotoc and Lee County authorities were looking for. They also arrested the woman they say helped him flee.

Trooper Shane Crawford stopped to help what he thought was a disabled vehicle in central Florida on Saturday. He ran a computer check on the car’s tags and found the vehicle was from Mississippi.

Authorities said the suspect gave a fake name and birthdate. After contacting the Mississippi Department of Corrections, the Ocala Star Banner reports the suspect was identified as 32-year-old Gary Sneed. The MDOC says Sneed was sought for not reporting to his probation officer.

Authorities said Holly Morrison stole a car to help Sneed escape.

The couple had numerous warrants out for the escape, including manufacturing of methamphetamine and grand theft auto charges.