A 15-year-old boy escaped from the Anderson County Juvenile Detention Center Thursday afternoon, but was quickly apprehended by local police a few blocks away without major incident.

Shortly before 3:45 p.m. Thursday, local police were notified by juvenile center personnel that the boy had escaped from the facility located at 1120 E. Crawford St., according to Palestine Police Chief Chuck Edge.

Two Palestine police units responded to the area and located the 15-year-old juvenile “within minutes” several blocks from the center in the area of East Murchison and East Calhoun streets, the chief stated.

The boy apparently escaped from the juvenile detention center as he was in the process of being booked out of the facility, according to authorities.

“He (the juvenile) ran down the hall and out the door,” said Edge, stressing that the boy was still in custody and had not been released at the time.

After being contacted by officers, the juvenile ignored verbal commands to get on the ground “and continued to resist and was subsequently sprayed (with OC spray),” according to Edge.

Emergency Medical Services was summoned, and the juvenile was treated for exposure to OC spray which is standard operating procedure, the chief added.

No officers or juvenile detention center employees were injured during the course of the incident.

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Paul Stone may be contacted via e-mail at pstone@palestineherald.com

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