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    Fugitive Accused Of Stealing Singer's Bus Nabbed

    Fugitive Accused Of Stealing Singer's Bus Nabbed
    Police Think Man Wanted To Visit Ailing Mother

    POSTED: 9:00 pm CST January 27, 2007
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- An escaped prisoner accused of stealing a country singer's tour bus has been arrested in Florida.

    Authorities said Christopher Gay was arrested late Friday in Daytona Beach after a multi-state manhunt.

    Gay's odyssey began Sunday, when he escaped from a prison transport van in South Carolina during a bathroom break. He was being taken from Georgetown, Texas to face felony theft charges in Alabama. Police think his motive was to visit his dying mother in Tennessee -- and he almost made it.

    Police said he got within 50 yards of his mother's house after stealing a tractor-trailer full of Wal-Mart merchandise. But with police trailing him, they said he abandoned the rig and fled on foot.

    Sometime later, authorities believe he stole singer Crystal Gayle's tour bus from a Nashville garage. The bus pulled up at a NASCAR speedway in Florida on Thursday. He told the track manager he was there to pick up NASCAR driver Tony Stewart. Track officials said the driver asked for help getting a new generator, but took off when asked to show ID.

    Police in Nashville said USA International Speedway officials became suspicious because the man's unkempt appearance didn't fit with the tour bus.

    "He stated that he was leaving the racetrack to go to McDonald's to get a hamburger," Capt. Rich Foley said.

    Speedway officials contacted police, who confirmed that the bus belonged to the country singer and had been stolen from a Nashville garage.

    Officials said Gay is being held on charges of grand theft auto and outstanding warrants from Tennessee and Alabama.

    Capt. D. Larimore
    NTISF Gang Unit

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    Sure this isn't the script for Smokey and the Bandit IV?

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    OK, I'm bad at Geography, but SC isn't on the way between Texas and Alabama.
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