Fugitive Who Bolted From Area Deputies Now In Custody

Edward Copeland, Jr. (Jail photo)
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HILLSBORO (August 1, 2014) A fugitive jail escapee from Tennessee who fled after area deputies confronted him, stole a car near Hillsboro and then escaped was in custody Friday afternoon.

Edward Copeland, Jr., 27, was arrested in Ellis County, authorities said.

Copeland was found at around 1 a.m. Friday in a house at 210 West Water St. in Milford, authorities said.

Milford police requested help from the Maypearl Police Department’s K-9 unit and the department’s dog Silver was taken to the scene to assist in the arrest, Maypearl Police Chief Kevin Coffey said.

Copeland told officers “he was going to run until he saw that dog,” Coffey said.

Officers also arrested Beatrice Estrada, 37, of Hillsboro and Tyson Groves, 25, of Itasca at the house in Milford.

They and Copeland were booked into the Wayne McCollum Detention Center in Waxahachie.

Copeland will be turned over the U.S. Marshals Service to be returned to Tennessee, Coffey said.

They were charged with hindering apprehension/prosecution of a known felon.

Copeland escaped last week from the Dyer County Jail in Tennessee.

He was in a booking area of the jail on July 24 in Dyersburg, Tenn., after a burglary arrest when he shoved a female guard and ran out a door.

Hill County deputies found him at around 2 a.m. Thursday after responding to a report of suspicious activity on a county road north of Hillsboro.

They discovered the car he was driving had been reported stolen in Dyer County and then learned he was a jail escapee, but before they could arrest him, Copeland escaped again, eluded the deputies and stole another vehicle near Milford, the sheriff’s office said.

The second vehicle was later recovered on Interstate 35.