- Associated Press - Monday, December 1, 2014

LEEDS, Ala. (AP) - Authorities outside Birmingham were searching for suspect they describe as an escaped convict who fled from Alabama State Troopers.

Leeds Police Chief Byron Jackson said the man jumped out of his vehicle Sunday, when troopers attempted to arrest him on a felony charge during a traffic stop. Al.com reports (https://bit.ly/1y8kEzC) that the man ran into a wooded area near the Southern Trace subdivision.

Trooper spokesman Curtis Summerville said the search was called off for the night about 9 p.m. Sunday. The U.S. Marshal’s Gulf Coast Regional Fugitive Task Force has taken over the search.

Authorities identified the suspect as Tyler Russell Baird, who was convicted of firing a gun into an occupied building or car in St. Clair County. They say he escaped from a Decatur work release center last week.

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