Subject of manhunt captured

Published 4:47 pm Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Law enforcement officials have captured the man that was the subject of an area manhunt early Wednesday.

Benjamin Jackson was taken into custody near New Beginnings Drive off Pea Ridge Road just after the noon hour.

Officials say the suspect was being treated for cuts, scrapes and possibly a broken rib after spending the night in the wooded area around the Pea Ridge area.

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No information on charges being filed against the suspect have been made available. Jackson will be taken to the Escambia County Detention Center when released from D.W. McMillan Hospital.

The manhunt began Wednesday morning when Brewton police began searching for Jackson who allegedly fled after a report of property damage on Denard Street Tuesday night.

Police Chief Monte McGougin said the suspect, Jackson, ran his car into a house on Williams Lane Tuesday night. He fled on foot from that scene and police searched for him until about midnight.

He was spotted around 8 a.m. in the Pea Ridge Road area. Dogs from Fountain Prison aided police in the search.

The Jefferson Davis Community College campus in Brewton later lifted its lockdown of the campus, which was put in place earlier that day.

“Please resume normal activity, but be aware of your personal safety when on or near the Brewton Campus,” the college’s Facebook page stated.

Escambia Brewton Career Technical Center students were released from the facility at 10:30 a.m., according to Principal David Lanier. Students who attend classes at the Center for afternoon classes will not attend, he said.

K9 units from Fountain Correctional Center were on the scene on Pea Ridge Road Wednesday morning searching for a suspect in a property damage incident.