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Search continues for inmate who fled from Wasatch jail

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SCIPIO, Millard County — Using helicopters with infrared light, authorities continued their search Saturday night for an escaped Wasatch County prisoner who took off on foot following a police chase earlier in the day.

The searchers focused on a valley near I-15, where they found tracks of the barefooted James C. Parker, said Chris Kramer, spokesman for the Utah Highway Patrol.

According to police, Parker climbed two fences with razor wire and escaped during outdoor recreation at the Wasatch County Jail about 9 p.m. Thursday. Blood at the scene indicated Parker was injured during his escape.

Police believe Parker may have taken a flatbed truck from a construction site on Main Street in Heber City that was reported missing Friday morning.

About 9 a.m. Saturday, UHP troopers spotted Parker southbound on I-15 near mile post 187 in Millard County, Kramer said. A chase ended with Parker crashing his vehicle and fleeing barefoot into the Scipio-area desert.

"He's armed, and he said he won't be taken alive," Kramer said. Search dogs and several dozen people were brought to the area to track Parker.

Parker had been serving time for assault on a police officer, vehicle theft, possession of a dangerous weapon and domestic violence, among other things, according to police.

He is 6 feet tall, 190 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes and numerous tatoos, including the word "forsaken" across his throat. According to the Wasatch County Sheriff's Office, Parker should be considered very dangerous.

Anyone with information on his whereabouts can call the sheriff's office at 435-654-1411.