Officials: Fugitive From Ga. and Tenn. Is Arrested

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) - Authorities say a fugitive from Georgia and Tennessee was arrested in the parking lot of a central Florida Wal-Mart in a stolen tractor-trailer.

Christopher Daniel Gay had escaped in Kennesaw, Ga., during
transportation to Tennessee to face charges of stealing a trailer in January 2007. He also is accused of stealing country singer Crystal Gayle's tour bus.

In Lakeland Monday, the Polk County Sheriff's Office reports that Gay jumped out of the rig onto the hood of a patrol vehicle and tried to run away, but he was immediately caught.

Gay was the main character in a 2007 song by bluegrass picker Tim O'Brien. News reports and O'Brien's song say Gay stole a trailer and tried to visit his mother who was dying of cancer. Shedied weeks later, and he never saw her.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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